By Dominic King for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 15 December 2019 | Updated: 09:00 GMT, 16 December 2019
The request for a conversation was greeted — as it always is — with a smile, a shake of the head and a simple: 'No, thank you.' Audiences with Mohamed Salah are rare and in two and a half years as a Liverpool player, the only occasions he has spoken to the written media came after landmark moments — reaching 40 goals in his first season (April 2018), then after the Champions League triumph in June.
It was, perhaps, a flight of fancy to think he would break his habit following a run-of-the-mill victory over Watford but there was one revealing moment before Salah headed out of Anfield, when he turned around and said: 'I should have had a hat-trick.'
There was a twinkle in his eye again and the statement was not so much regret, more the fact Salah was getting back to the level he expects from himself.
Mohamed Salah showed his world-class ability with two goals against Watford on Saturday
If the narrative around him has not been positive — first due to Sadio Mane's eruption after Salah failed to pass to him in a 3-0 win at Burnley in August then because of the ankle injury he sustained against Leicester in October — the tone is changing.
This, without question, has been Salah's best week of the campaign. His goal against Red Bull Salzburg was outstanding but there is an argument that the double he plundered against Watford — the opponents who provide him with so much joy — was even better. He marked his debut with a goal against them at Vicarage Road in August 2017 and has added another seven.
Salah's first goal on Saturday, bent from his right foot with draw that would delight a golfer, came at the perfect moment late in the first half and his outrageous second — a backheel nutmeg — told you his confidence is beginning to