Just days after issuing a defiant message to supporters, Mohamed Salah responded in the best way possible. His promise to not let recent results define the rest of the season started in perfect fashion, as Liverpool overcame the doubters to take a 2-0 lead back to Anfield against RB Leipzig.
It was the exact result that was needed with the Reds falling to defeat in their previous three games. It was an opportunity in a different competition and in a different country to rediscover their form and confidence, of which they took full advantage.
Despite the Reds’ recent results, Salah’s goal-scoring prowess has not dropped off with five of the Premier League champions’ last seven goals having been scored by the Egyptian. It was his goal that gave his side the lead at the Puskás Aréna.
The 28-year-old’s goal came in the 53rd minute when he intercepted Marcel Sabitzer’s misplaced pass. The forward wouldn’t let this opportunity pass by, as he charged in on goal and sent Péter Gulácsi the wrong way to give his side a deserved lead.
The game’s opener also marked the right-sided attacker’s 24th goal this season, surpassing his total tally of 23 from last year. It an outstanding stat that further establishes the Egyptian’s goal-scoring greatness.Embed from Getty Images
Throughout the 90 minutes, Salah looked sharp, determined and dangerous on the break with his efforts ultimately being rewarded with a goal. The former Roma man also got involved defensively, winning two tackles and making one clearance as he tracked back in the final 20 minutes to help his side see out the clean sheet.
Salah’s night ended just prior to the 90th minute when he was replaced by Neco Williams, but he will be over thee moon with his contribution and his side’s overall display. Liverpool’s top scorer told the fans the team would fight like champions until the end of the season. Based on that performance against RB Leipzig, they have already begun to come good on that promise.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have yet another tough fixture in the league when they host Everton at Anfield on Saturday. It is another must-win game for the Reds’ top four hopes and another champion-like display will be needed to see of their Merseyside rivals.
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