By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool’s title hopes were handed a huge boost on Sunday after securing all three points with a 2-0 home victory against Chelsea.
The pressure was on the Reds to win as Manchester City won at Selhurst Park prior to kick off at Anfield on Sunday – after a goalless first half Jurgen Klopp’s side started the second hungry and aggressive. The aggression in attack paid off for Liverpool as two quick fire goals in the 51st and 53rd minute from Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah sunk the Chelsea defence.
After suffering Islamic abuse midweek Salah silenced his haters with an incredible performance which was topped off by an absolute thunder strike into the top left-hand corner – a goal worthy of winning the goal of the season award such was it’s beauty, purity and importance.
Salah’s determination to win the game for Liverpool was also evident in the first goal. Salah’s clever one-two with Roberto Firmino eventually found its way into Jordan Henderson who lifted the ball above the Chelsea defence, where Sadio Mané headed into an open net.
Salah’s hunger to win matches for Liverpool has been phenomenal in recent times. The Egyptian is constantly tracking back to defence to win the ball, something we did not see too often last season. The winger recovered the ball on three separate occasions versus Chelsea.
The No.11 was also one of Klopp’s most creative players on the pitch. He completed 80% of his passes and achieved more key passes (4) than anyone else on the pitch.
The Egyptian King’s goal against his former club meant that Salah would become the joint top scorer alongside Sergio Aguero. Not bad for a so-called ‘one-season wonder’.
While Mo Salah’s goal figures may not be quite as high as his record-breaking season, he has still been one of Liverpool’s biggest difference makers.
He has often come up with moments of brilliance throughout the season to help the side in their quest for silverware and hopefully by the end of the season it won’t just be Salah who has a crown.