Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, felt Mohamed Salah produced a near career-best performance for victory over Leeds United.
The third goal of Salah’s hat-trick at Anfield – an 88th-minute penalty – secured three points.
Klopp’s men had previously been pegged back three times by the visitors after two from Salah either side of Virgil van Dijk’s header during a thrilling contest.
Klopp said, “First and foremost, congratulations to him because he’s a very special player. A very, very special player. The numbers tell the story a little bit, all the rest around you probably don’t know is a very good example.
“Yes, he put three more goals on his score list but the performance around was absolutely exceptional in a game like this. So he deserved the goals, 100 percent.
“Yes, two were penalties – one was a sensational finish – but he deserved these goals because he was constantly pressing and present, caused the opponent massive problems, was top in one-on-one situations, played football. Of all the good performances Mo had for us obviously, this was for sure one of the better ones. So he should be proud of that because it’s very special to have these kinds of numbers. ‘Long may it continue,’ I like to think in these moments, and this time I say it as well.”