Mohamed Salah inspires Liverpool win over Crystal Palace
The first real chance of the game came in the 14th minute, when Liverpool’s James Milner sent a driven cross into the box but Wayne Hennessey was quick to react and punch the ball away from the box.
Five minutes later, the visitors were close once again through Sadio Mane. The Senegal international burst through the left hand side and skipped past Andros Townsend and Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the latter recovered quickly and the ball was out for a goal kick.
In the 22nd minute, Liverpool’s newcomer Naby Keita sent a perfect long through ball from the Reds’ half to set Mohamed Salah through on goal but his lobbed finish went over the bar.
The hosts responded two minutes later as former Tottenham player Andros Townsend capitalized on a misplaced pass by Naby Keita and fired a powerful shot that hit the post.
Naby Keita was on the scene once again as the Guinean was set through by an opening worked by Salah, but his left-footed shot was easily saved by Wayne Hennessey at the near post in the 26th minute.
With just a minute before half-time, Roberto Firmino passed the ball to Salah who tried to control the ball and turn for a shot but was brought down by Mamadou Sakho and the referee awarded Liverpool a penalty. James Milner converted successfully to give the visitors the lead.
In the 48th minute, Robertson’s wide pass set Salah through on goal but his first touch directed the ball away from goal and his low cross back into the box was met with a poor shot by Keita that went wide.
Five minutes later, Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic fired a curled shot from a free kick but was brilliantly kept out by Liverpool’s new signing Alisson Becker.
At the hour mark, Mohamed Salah pounced on a loose ball from a corner and struck it beautifully on the volley but his shot was deflected wide and off target.
In the 75th minute, Salah was set through on goal from the halfway line with no Crystal Palace defender able to catch up with him, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka tackled Salah from outside the box giving the referee no choice but to show Wan-Bissaka a red card.
With seven minutes to full-time, Sadio Mane sent a delightful cross to Salah, whose header forced a good save from Wayne Hennessey.
In the dying minutes of the game, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane combined together to make a quick counter attack as Salah set Sadio Mane through on goal as the Senegalese skipped past Wayne Hennessey to fire through an empty net to make it 2-0.
With this result, Liverpool now go second in the Premier League table on goal difference with six points. The Reds host Brighton on Saturday.
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