Liverpool's Mohamed Salah hugs Roma players in tunnel before stunning Champions League display

The Liverpool winger, 25, who spent two seasons in Rome before moving to Anfield in the summer, took his goal tally to 43 this season after scoring another two last night.

But he showed his humble nature before the game and the fact that he does not forget old friends.

He embraced Radja Nainggolan and who appears to be one of Roma's directors.

All the niceties ended there though, as Salah ran riot against his former team-mates in a 5-2 thrashing, cutting in from the left after 36 minutes to bend an effort in off the far post.

He then raced on to a through ball to dink it over Giallorossi keeper Alisson to make it 2-0.

In the second half the former Chelsea and Fiorentina man turned supplier for goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

The Italian media have this morning reacted with surprise that Roma sold Salah for so cheap after his display.

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Sporting director Monchi admitted he had to flog the Egyptian to Liverpool for £34.4million in the summer, while the fee could eventually rise to £44.4m, due to Financial Fair Play rules.

The former Sevilla director said: "Why did we sell Salah?

"It's true, I gave up Salah, but forced by Uefa constraints.

"Last year we were forced to sell by June 30th and if we had not done it that day we would not be in the Champions League semi-finals.

"Our accounts were under strict control from Uefa and when I arriived there was an offer of [£26m], then with the bonuses it went up to [£44m]."

Salah still has Ian Rush's season-long record of 47 goals in his sights, although he will do it in significantly less games if he beats the mark the Welsh striker set in 1983-84.

Rush played 65 games for Joe Fagan's side 35 years ago, while Salah has featured in 47 matches so far.

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