Made the difference: Salah rediscovers his swagger in annihilation of Arsenal at Anfield

By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00

Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield to remain the only team with a 100% record in the Premier League this season. Jurgen Klopp’s side have now won three from three in this year’s campaign.

Before the game kicked off it was widely predicted that there would be goals, and goals there were. Joel Matip put Liverpool into the lead five minutes before half time while Mohamed Salah doubled the Reds’ lead from the penalty spot in the 49th minute.

The Egyptian would add another just nine minutes later to put Klopp’s side up by three goals. Arsenal would get a consolation goal when Lucas Torreira scored past Adrián after a scramble in the box.

Much was said before the game of how Roberto Firmino loved to play against Arsenal. However, this time it was Salah who would terrorise the London club’s defence.

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The Egyptian scored two goals against Unai Emery’s side. The first came in the 49th minute when Salah would try to run past David Luiz with the ball, but the Brazilian defender stopped the No.11 in his tracks with a pull of the shirt. The referee whistled for a penalty and he emphatically scored into the top left corner.

The No.11’s second goal was a fantastic solo effort. Mo picked up the ball near the halfway line after Fabinho’s pass. David Luiz and Salah would then battle it out again, but the outcome would be the same as the penalty incident, Salah coming out on top. The Egyptian skipped past Luiz before calmly and coolly scoring with a fine side footed finished into the far-left corner.

The Egyptian was fantastic against Arsenal and his solo goal just showed his immense ability. His pace, power and composure were all on show against the Gunners. Every member of the front three is vital to this side with all three being equally important. However, on Saturday evening it was Salah who was the main man.

The winger was confident on the ball throughout the game completing three out of three attempted take-ons. Defensively he also played his part, recovering the ball back on four separate occasions for his teammates whilst attempting two tackles winning one.

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Salah’s double puts him on three goals in as many games in the league this season. Mo will be hoping his contributions can lead Liverpool to a Premier League title as well as picking up his third-straight Golden Boot.

Liverpool next play Sean Dyche’s Burnley away at Turf Moor, where Salah and co hope to continue their perfect start to the league campaign.


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