Things all went according to plan for Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool as the Reds resumed normal service to kick off their 2021-22 Premier League program, with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Norwich at Carrow Road.
Despite finishing third in 2020-21, Liverpool was 17-points adrift of eventual champions Manchester City, and a strong start to the current campaign was required from the Anfield outfit.
Klopp’s men duly delivered today with a fine opening weekend performance, which included a return to the starting XI for Virgil van Dijk, and another influential display from Mo Salah.
Record-breaking Mo Salah leads Liverpool on opening weekend
The talk of the town tonight will unquestionably be Salah, with the Egyptian icon setting a new Premier League record in hitting Liverpool’s third goal versus Norwich, becoming the first player in Premier League history to do so across five consecutive opening weekends.
📊 Mohamed Salah has scored on the opening weekend for a 5th successive PL season, the 1st player to do so
17-18 v Watford ⚽️
18-19 v West Ham ⚽️
19-20 v Norwich ⚽️
20-21 v Leeds ⚽️⚽️⚽️
21-22 v Norwich ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/V73IyTNejn
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 14, 2021
Dating back to the 2017-18 campaign, when he netted against Watford, Salah has now scored 7-goals in five opening weekend fixtures for the Reds, further cementing just how vital he is to Liverpool’s hopes in any given year.
📊STAT: Mo Salah has 10 goal involvements from opening weekends in the Premier League. Only Wayne Rooney has more:
Salah – 10 [7 goals, 3 assists]
Rooney – 13 [8 goals, 5 assists]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) August 14, 2021
Salah’s influence across all areas of the final third has long been on display for Liverpool over his career on the red half of Merseyside, with 10 goal involvements in opening weekend fixtures bested only by Wayne Rooney (13).
After hitting the back of the net today (while also providing the assists for Liverpool’s opener courtesy of Portuguese forward Diogo Jota, and Roberto Firmino’s 2nd), Salah takes his goal total for the club to 95 in the Premier League in 145-appearances; a 0.65 goals/match return, which is exceptional for a winger by any standard.
Overall, Salah’s goal return across a half-decade of brilliance at Anfield (three 20+ goal seasons, one 30+ goal season), while adding 36-assists in the process, keeps him as arguably the most well-rounded attacking threat on offer in the Premier League. Salah should certainly once again be in the running for the Premier League Golden Boot after narrowly missing out last season to Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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