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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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:
Mo Salah equals Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie’s Premier League record of scoring in 21 games in a 38-game season! pic.twitter.com/EEcks8fa0r
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