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Liverpool’s Mo Salah equals PL record held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah this afternoon moved level with a pair of legends in the Premier League history books, after finding the net versus Crystal Palace.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head in a Premier League meeting at Selhurst Park in today’s early kick-off, with hosts Palace desperate for all 3 points to put further space between themselves and the English top-flight’s relegation zone.

Heading into today, the Eagles sat two places and two points clear of 18th-placed Southampton, with Roy Hodgson’s men having picked up a morale-boosting 2-0 win away to Huddersfield in their last outing.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were looking to leapfrog Manchester United into 2nd-place in the Premier League table, with the Reds having dispatched of Watford by 5 goals to nil last time out.

1-0

The big talking point for visitors Liverpool ahead of kick-off was the return of Nathaniel Clyne to the club’s matchday squad, though Emre Can and Joe Gomez both missed out after picking up injuries during the international break.

This meant that there were starts for James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold, the latter of whom came in for heavy criticism during the early goings this afternoon.

After getting lucky after being caught out by a darting inside run from Wilfried Zaha within the opening ten minutes, Alexander-Arnold failed to learn his lesson, with the English stopper once again losing track of Zaha following a flick-on from Christian Benteke with 12 minutes on the clock, leading to Loris Karius fouling the blistering wide-man in the box and handing an early spot-kick opportunity to Palace.

Luka Milivojević stepped up and smashed home the resulting penalty with aplomb, sending Karius the wrong way to give the hosts a deserved lead.

2-1

The early proceedings following the interval saw Liverpool take to the pitch with a renewed vigour, as the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah began to grow into the game.

And the Reds were rewarded for their dominance in the 49th-minute, as a flowing move saw James Milner turn Aaron Wan-Bissaka inside out, before his driven cross was turned home by Sadio Mane.

Mane was blessed a short time later to avoid being handed his marching orders by referee Neil Swarbrick for a blatant hand-ball (he was booked in the first-half for diving), with Liverpool making the most of their luck (though they were also hard done-by by Swarbrick on several occasions throughout the match), as man of the moment Mohamed Salah proved the difference once again.

A perfect volleyed cross from the left from the ever-willing Andy Robertson saw Salah calmly take the ball under control with his left, before smashing past Wayne Hennessey with his right to hand Jurgen Klopp’s men a crucial 3 points.

Record

And while Salah’s strike proved huge as a collective for the Reds, it also proved a momentous one for the brilliant Egyptian on a personal level, as showcased below:

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