With a mesmerizing performance from Mo Salah, Liverpool defeated a very competitive Arsenal at Anfield Road today.
We still remember when many critics kept saying that Mohamed Salah was a one-season wonder, the man completely schooled Arsenal today on his third season with the club.
There is no question that the Egyptian forward is one of the best players in the world, he scored a brace against one of the most competitive rivals in Premier League today.
Unai Emery put together a fantastic squad for this season, but the Gunners visited the most complicated stadium in the world right now.
Anfield Road is no joke, the fans truly pour their full support to the players and it pretty much makes them invincible.
The first half was arguably a quite competitive exchange between both squads, we finally knew who is the player that finally dribbled past Virgil van Dijk.
Frenchman Nicolas Pepe ended a 50-match Premier League run that the Dutch defender had until today, but that dribble didn’t serve him for anything.
Arsenal was still the weakest of the two squads and Liverpool proved why they are one of the top title contenders this season.
The first goal of the evening came during a corner kick for the Reds, Joel Matip jumped really high to connect with the ball.
His header was beautiful to watch as it got into the top corner, this was Liverpool’s first goal of the evening at Anfield Road.
Sensational. Special. Salah. pic.twitter.com/ElyFivR64K
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 24, 2019
Salah finally comes to play.
After the halftime whistle and a well-deserved break, both squads came back on the pitch to keep playing a highly competitive match.
However, Mohamed Salah wanted to leave his imprint on this match.
After an early David Luiz mistake that got a penalty called against the Gunners, Salah scored his first goal from the spot and left Liverpool with a momentary 2-0 advantage.
But the best was saved for last, the Egyptian star reserved us a smashing display of skill and speed that had every soul at Anfield Road cheering for him.
Mo took a ball in midfield after getting it from Fabinho, he went past at least two defenders at a quick pace and scored his second goal with relative ease.
This almost seemed like child’s play for Salah, who keeps proving why he is considered one of the best players in the world right now.
Perhaps he might’ve started slowly last season, but he certainly seems motivated for this one.
Arsenal players didn’t know what to do, they were completely shut down by the Liverpool defense and the Reds brought their biggest gun to a knife fight.
With that 3-0 result, Jurgen Klopp asked his players to protect the result for the rest of the match.
The Gunners did pull one back for them through Lucas Torreira, but that wasn’t enough to get back into the game.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 24, 2019
Before the match even started, we ll believed that the Gunners actually had a chance to compete against Liverpool.
We were spectacularly wrong about this, the Reds truly have a serious claim for the title this season after watching their display at Anfield tonight.
Only Manchester City has the quality to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side, we have a long season ahead of us between the two most powerful clubs in the country.
It appears that this may be a ‘two-horse race’ after all, in the end it will be Liverpool against the Citizens.
As far as Salah is concerned, hopefully all the naysayers who dubbed him a ‘one-season wonder’ can see reason and finally acknowledge how great of a player he is.
The second goal he scored today is within the reach of very few players in the world right now, this should be enough proof that he is at the very top of the elite right now.
Maybe if he wins a third consecutive Premier League top-scorer title, the criticism against him could stop at some point.
Klopp must be thrilled to know that Mo is at the very top of his game right now, he will help Liverpool keep the top of the table during the first half of the season.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 24, 2019
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