Mohamed Salah maintains Liverpool’s perfect start in Premier League
Mohamed Salah extended his extraordinary scoring run at Anfield on Saturday when Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0 to make it three wins out of three without conceding in the Premier League.
The Egypt forward curled a low shot inside the far post in the 23rd minute to make it 29 goals in as many home matches since joining Liverpool in 2017.
“Mo will get those chances and he will take them, and the front three are always going to create problems,” Liverpool midfielder James Milner told broadcaster BT Sport. “But the boys at the back and the goalkeeper, keeping the clean sheets, that’s important, that’s what’s getting us the points.”
It maintained a 16-month undefeated league run at home, where Liverpool has now scored 20 goals without reply — the club’s best run in two decades.
The only concerns for the hosts were largely of their own making, with goalkeeper Alisson twice almost caught in possession.
Early in the first half, the 25-year-old Brazilian went racing out for a through ball but failed to connect properly in a challenge with Solly March. He was fortunate the Brighton player’s poor control sent the ball out for a goal kick. Alisson did, however, parry Pascal Gross’ header in the second half.
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- FC Goa attacked Dessai through Saviour Gama before twinkle-toed Jorge Ortiz tested him. By the 17th minute, Dessai had been caught out thrice; the last time because of a poor pass which Alexander Jesuraj intercepted needing a tackle from Vignesh Dakshinamurthy that could have been a penalty.
- Muller wouldn’t feature regularly that season but he went on to score in the Champions League knockout stages coming on as a substitute against Sporting Lisbon.
- Musiala has been making steady progress since he joined Bayern’s under-17 team from Chelsea in 2019. He has made 27 appearances for the first team, scoring four goals.
- Barcelona faces an even bigger hurdle next week when it visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League trailing 4-1 from the first leg. But the team can aspire to keep up its positive momentum in the Spanish league.
- The first leg, originally scheduled to be held at the Red Bull Arena in Germany, was shifted to Budapest after German authorities denied Liverpool entry into the country due to Covid-19 protocols.