Salah scores as Liverpool smash Elneny’s Arsenal
Mohamed Salah scored and assisted as Liverpool smashed Arsenal 5-1 in the 20th round of the English Premier League to extend their position at the summit of the league.
The Egyptian winger started alongside Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Shaqiri, while Mohamed Elneny has been an unused sub for today’s clash.
Arsenal started the game brilliantly as they managed to take an early lead after just 10 minutes, when Alex Iwobi found space on the left side before sending a cross met by Ainsley Maitland-Niles to put the ball into the net.
However Liverpool responded very quickly, as they brought the result level through Roberto Firmino in the 14th minute who exploited on a scramble in Arsenal’s defense that failed to clear the ball, to tap into the empty net.
Firmino managed to double the Reds’ lead two minutes later after superb effort dribbling past three Arsenal defenders and smashing the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
Liverpool’s strong response continued as they added their third goal of the night through Sadio Mane in the 32nd minute. Andy Robertson played a brilliant through ball to Salah to set it to Mane who tapped into the empty net.
In the second minute of the additional time, Salah was fouled inside the box by Sokratis to earn Liverpool a penalty. The Egyptian stepped up and smashed down the middle to score Liverpool’s fourth goal after just 45 minutes.
The Reds’ domination continued in the second half, while Arsenal looked completely distorted, Liverpool were in complete control to extend their lead.
In the 63th minute, Salah smartly sent Fabinho through with a flick pass but his low effort was denied by Leno.
Four minutes later, Liverpool were awarded a second penalty after Lovren was fouled by Sead Kolasinac, Firmino stepped up and he completed his hat-trick from the spot.
In the dying moments of the second half, Salah was close to score his goal of the game when he went through the goal but his close range effort was saved by Leno to keep the result at 5-1.
The victory extends Liverpool’s lead at top of the premier league with nine points separating them from second placed Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile Manchester City can close the gap to seven points if they manage to beat Southampton on Sunday.
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