Liverpool are 19 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after the Reds won their game in hand against West Ham. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured the three points at the London Stadium.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were without the injured Sadio Mané, with Divock Origi replacing the No.10 on the left side of the Liverpool attack. It took 35 minutes for Liverpool to break down West Ham’s deep defensive set up, as the Belgian was deemed to be fouled inside the Irons’ box. Salah stepped up and scored from 12 yards.
The Egyptian remained calm and collected when stepping up to take the penalty, striking a powerful shot into the bottom-right corner while sending Łukasz Fabiański the wrong way. It was his 12th goal in the 2019/20 Premier League season.
The 27-year-old also managed to pick up an assist. After a West Ham corner the Reds did what they do best — they produced a devastating counter-attack. Salah played a perfectly-timed and weighted pass with the outside of his boot into the path of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Englishman shrugged off Manuel Lanzini before slotting past Fabiański to make it 2-0.
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The right-sided forward didn’t do much defensively as he is mainly stationed as Liverpool’s highest forward player. However, he did complete four ball recoveries in attacking situations.
The Egyptian’s goal meant he overtook teammate Mané as Liverpool’s highest scoring player. He currently sits five goals behind the leagues top scorer Jamie Vardy who has netted 17 times in 2019/20. The Egyptian certainly has the quality to surpass the Leicester City frontman but, as he has said before, his main focus is on the team.
Salah and his Liverpool teammates return to Premier League action at home to Southampton on Saturday. The world champions will then part ways to go on their winter break.