A return to Premier League action saw Liverpool face Leeds United in a champions versus champions clash at home with the Reds coming out on top with a 4-3 win. A hat-trick from Mohamed Salah and a header from Virgil van Dijk secured all three points for their side.
Three goals and an all around excellent performance made giving Salah the man-of-the-match award an easy task. The No.11 was his side’s best player on the day and his first goal etched his name in the club’s record books by becoming the first Liverpool player to score in four consecutive Premier League opening day fixtures. He was also the second ever Premier League player to do so, after Teddy Sheringham.
His three goals put him on 97 in total since he joined the club in 2017. He is just three goals away from joining an elite club of players to hit a century of goals while wearing the red of Merseyside.
When it came to the Egyptian’s performance, he was sharp and lively. He completed 35 final third passes, created four chances, took nine shots at goal and attempted 14 take-ons with seven of them being successful. He was the leader in all of these statistics out of everyone on the pitch.
The 28-year-old’s first goal was from the penalty spot, a spot kick he won when his shot was deemed to have hit the outstretched hand of Leeds debutant Robin Koch. He stepped up to take the penalty and with a thunderous shot down the centre of the goal put his side 1-0 up.
Liverpool’s third and Salah’s second was the pick of the bunch in the seven goal thriller. Andy Robertson swung in a free-kick which was initially cleared by Leeds, but it fell to the feet of the former Roma man on the right side of the box and, after a great first touch, he struck the ball into the top corner at the near post.
The final goal of the game was a decisive one. Once again Mo Salah stepped up to the penalty spot after a foul on Fabinho in the 88th minute. This time the winger put the ball in the bottom left corner with a powerful strike. His third goal gave his side a 4-3 lead and ultimately earned his side maximum points alongside earning the man-of-the-match award for himself.
Salah has had his detractors and endured some difficult games towards the end of last season, but this latest masterclass has proven once again that he is one of the world’s best – and absolutely vital to Liverpool’s hopes of winning more silverware this season.
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