The reigning African Player of the Year proved his worth yet again with a goal and an assist for Liverpool against Southampton on a cool evening at St Mary's on Sunday, taking Jurgen Klopp's men to the third position.
Any hopes Mauricio Pellegrino had of his side keeping things tight early on vanished after just six minutes, as Liverpool punished a Wesley Hoedt error to open the scoring through Firmino - the alert Salah setting him up.
Firmino collected the ball from Salah before producing an exquisite flick back into the Egyptian's path, and Salah made no mistake with his finish into the bottom corner for his 29th goal of the season.
Firmino nearly extended Liverpool's lead on 71 minutes only for Alex McCarthy to make a brilliant save before Salah failed to convert the rebound. Andrew Robertson was caught under the flight of the pass and this allowed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to take a lovely touch, but his measured effort was straight at Loris Karius who spread himself to save well.
"We scored wonderful goals, both of them and we should have had more in the second half with some big changes.".
While Liverpool's first goal was one of capitalising on poor defending, their second was a display of just how slick the Reds can be when their attacking players are able to get onto the ball.
Nonetheless, Matip is looking forward to improving his game alongside the Dutch defender, and help the team to secure the Champions League promotion.
It also ensured a victorious return to St Mary's for Virgil van Dijk, the £75million defender who left for Liverpool during the January transfer window.
Van Dijk had been subjected to criticism following shock defeats by Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion and conceding a last-gasp penalty as Spurs snatched a draw at Anfield in his previous three outings.