Liverpool Triumph 3-0: Salah’s Milestone Goal
After a defeat against Toulouse which had been preceded by a draw at Luton, there were slight nerves going into this one against Brentford. However, when the final whistle blew, Liverpool were very worthy winners in a 3-0 victory where many players deserved plaudits, but there were a few standouts. There was the odd hairy moment though and we needed certain players at the back and Alisson on occasions, but Jurgen Klopp’s men went through the gears in the second half. This was a brilliant way to head into the international break and we look at the lessons learned from a wet but far from miserable Anfield.
Salah Record Collection Growing
The Egyptian King is a walking Demi-god to all of us and the record books got adjusted again in this one. Salah netted his 200th goal in English football (198 for us) with a header of all things. He’s now scored this season in six consecutive home league games for the reds and joins exalted company in both Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer as the only player to have scored or assisted in fifteen consecutive home league games. There had been the odd murmuring about his recent form, but that now makes it ten goals in the league, twelve in all competitions and four assists to boot. What a player.
Support Acts Shine Too
Whilst Salah is the shining light, the other two starters here in Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota more than made an impact today. Nunez was the best player in the first half, having two goals disallowed for offside (the first marginal) and producing a brilliant assist for Salah’s opener. Jota continued his recent good run of form, curling a strike into the corner from the edge of the area from a Tsimikas pass. They’re the second and third highest scorers for the club this season and whilst certain reds will have their preferences, there’s an argument they make up the strongest forward line. A really good afternoon for both.
Van Dijk Imperious… Again
The captain was exceptional again here against a Brentford side that are known for their aerial prowess. His performance here had it all as he made key blocks to preserve the clean sheet, won his duels in the air and on the ground, whilst making a few of those notorious long diagonal passes. The Dutchman’s stats from this one were exceptional here as he had a 90% passing completion, won 4/5 ground duels and 5/6 aerial ones. There was a key block from Mbuemo when it looked like the Brentford attacker was well away and there’s no better defender in the world right now. The debates will rage on if he’s back to his best. It’s just brilliant we’re having them again.