Virgil van Dijk has tried to assure Liverpool fans that Mo Salah is being his normal self at the club despite not celebrating his goals.
Curiously, Salah greeted his hat-trick at Bournemouth last weekend and a Champions League
winner against Napoli with a deadpan expression.
It's been claimed the Egyptian King is protesting at criticism aimed at him earlier in the season though players have previously used similar tactics if they've had a disagreement with their manager or want to encourage potential suitors.
Van Dijk insists the 26-year-old has cut a contented figure at Liverpool's Melwood training camp ahead of Sunday's big clash with Manchester United.
'He's scoring goals. He's smiling. He can't smile every second of the day but he's enjoying it I think. He's scoring his goals, he's working hard, defensively as well. We don't need to see any negative things about that (goal celebration) so we just need to focus on the good things.'
Salah was voted Footballer of the Year last season after scoring 44 goals and helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final.
Even though his scoring rate slowed down at the start of the current campaign, he has reached double figures in the Premier League and has four goals in his last two matches.
'He scored a hat-trick in his last league game and again against Napoli, a very important one. He's been doing very well. People can say he's not scoring as much goals as last year, but that's always the media.
'People underestimate how strong he is. He's a very important player, great guy and is deadly in the box.'
Van Dijk is likely to partner World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren against United because of injuries to other centre-halves Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
'We've played a lot with Dejan as well this season and I don't think we change anything,' said the Dutchman. Why would we? We want to do the same things that we did almost all season.
'It's going to be a very tough game because Man United is a good team, they have good players up front. But we are a very good team as well all over and we will be ready.'
This is the fifth game for Liverpool this month. 'That's life in December. You play, you go home, you rest, you eat well, sleep. Try to relax as much as possible, you don't do other things. That's a bit of our life at the moment, but it's not a bad life to be fair!'
Van Dijk is regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe and reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona. 'I want to achieve so many good things. I have a lot of dreams but hopefully I can reach those here.
'Come on, we all want to win the league, we all want to win as much as possible, but you know it's not easy.'