For some reason, this one seemed special, this one was worth a booking, this one was worth milking even when his team-mates had drifted away.

And so Mohamed Salah stood, shirtless and encouraging the Anfield crowd’s acclaim.

They did not disappoint.

The ovation for an emphatic close-range volley that put an end to Crystal Palace’s quest for equality was suitably thunderous.

But then so was the approval when, earlier, Salah chased back into his own penalty area to carry out successful defensive duties.

Now that, rather than goal number 101 in the Premier League for Liverpool, was a collector’s item.

Mohamed Salah continued his impressive start to the season

And, amidst all the contract talk, perhaps it was meant to be symbolic of his commitment to the club.

Perhaps that is why the 29-year-old celebrated what was, after all, a fairly routine goal, with such gusto.

Perhaps, that is why the jersey came off.

Or perhaps he just wanted to show off his physique, Cristiano Ronaldo-style, suggesting, in the process, he can go on for as long as Manchester United’s recent 36-year-old recruit.

In that case, why not ask for Ronaldo-style money when discussing an extension to the deal that runs out at the end of next season.

And if Liverpool have to break some sort of wage structure, then surely they will have to bite the bullet.

Again, this was not his most spectacular strike, far from it.

But his lethal opportunism came at a point when Palace were threatening an equaliser and, indeed, should have had one when substitute Odsonne Edouard was left alone in front of goal.

Alas, he made a hash of matters and after Salah struck - to add to Sadio Mane’s first half strike - Patrick Vieira’s side gave up the ghost.

But Naby Keita’s out-of-the-blue hit still gave the scoreline a conviction that probably did not match Liverpool’s overall performance.

When Liverpool’s title chances are discussed, the standard negative point is that their squad does not have enough in-depth quality but this was another occasion that just about suggested otherwise.

There was, for example, plenty to like about the belated debut of Ibrahima Konate.

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It is too early to be definite but a Konate-Virgil van Dijk combination might just have a long-term look about it.

Konate did have his uneasy moments, most notably when Wilfried Zaha showed him a clean pair of heels but, generally, he looked solid enough.

And when he was in straight combat with Christian Benteke on a couple of occasions, Konate came out on top.

It helps, of course, to have Van Dijk as a partner.

Vieira’s options upfront are more than acceptable but Van Dijk organised Liverpool’s back line with customary aplomb.

And this was a back line that did not feature either Trent Alexander-Arnold (unwell) or Andy Robertson (knackered and resting on the bench after running himself into the ground against Milan on Wednesday).

If Liverpool want to compete for the main domestic and European honours, they will need to turn what is already a knack of winning games without key players into a habit.

And they will need to keep Salah fit and happy.

Not only did he produce that defensive cameo and a nerve-settling goal, it was his clever header, from a Konstantinos Tsimikas corner, that led to Mane’s opener.

As far as the discussions over a new contract are going, Salah is doing his talking on the field. Very eloquently.

As Jurgen Klopp suggested on Friday, the manager’s only current concern is that Salah is sharp and that his attitude is spot-on.

There is no doubting that.

But with every passing game, goal and assist - and occasional tackle - Salah is making a case for a salary that is up there with those enjoyed by the very highest earners in the game.

And he does not need to take his top off to prove that.