When Mohamed Salah received the ball as he started standing just inside the field with three opponents around him, it looked like there was no goal line for Mohamed Salah.
But the Liverpool striker is in the form of his life, and after a series of dribbles, deft touches and shoulder drops, Salah has somehow created enough room on his trusty left foot to give him a goal appearance.
There was never any doubt that he would complete another astonishing individual goal.
‘Come on, we all see it. Who is better than him right now?’ Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp posed for Salah after the star player’s last great shot, as they beat Watford 5-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
We don’t need to talk about what (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi did for world football and how long they really dominated. But right now it’s clear that there is no one better than him (Salah).”
Salah has scored in each of his last eight games for Liverpool – in this type of form, he is the last player Ronaldo would want to face given the sad state of his and his current team, Manchester United’s defense.
United will play at Old Trafford next weekend against their arch-rival Liverpool after a 4-2 defeat at Leicester, raising more questions about the team’s direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In their last seven games in all competitions, United have only won twice, scoring once in the 89th minute and the other in the fifth minute of the pause.
Solskjaer has suggested that the loss at King Power Stadium could lead to an overhaul on his side, thanks to late goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka.
“We’ve had a lot of games where we lost points, so we need to look at the whole setup and balance of the team,” said Solskjaer. “Maybe it has to give something away.”
A four-point gap widened between United, which fell to fifth place, and second-placed Liverpool, one point behind Chelsea after their tough 1-0 win at Brentford.
Manchester City also took third place, beating Burnley 2-0.
The splendor of Salah’s 54th-minute goal – first a deft touch, then a ball rolling with his foot and before a puppet to make room for a brutal finish in the bottom corner – was comparable to his solo goal against Manchester. It’s the city before the international break, seen as one of the Premier League’s biggest goals.
He managed to outshine Roberto Firmino’s hat-trick against Watford and added Sadio Mane, who came in with an outside pass from Salah.
It proved to be a tough first game in charge of Watford for 69-year-old Claudio Ranieri, who took control of his fourth English club last week.
Watford had only 16% possession in the first half at Vicarage Road.
UNITED STREAK END
Manchester United’s record of 29 away games in the Premier League came to an end against Leicester.
United made the situation 2-2 in the 82nd minute with replacement Marcus Rashford in his first game of the season.
Daka then scored his first Premier League goal during the pause, as United lost the road for the first time since January 2020.
United took the lead in 19th with Mason Greenwood’s long-range shot from the post, but Youri Tielemans leveled the top corner with an excellent plug.
Çalar Söyüncü put Leicester ahead for the first time in a close range effort to spark a frenzied final with four goals scored in 13 minutes.
Man City and Chelsea had to work hard for their latest win.
Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne’s goals were enough for City to beat Burnley, who had lost 5-0 in each of their last four games to Etihad Stadium but put up a better fight this time.
Late in the game, Chelsea survived a late bombardment from Brentford’s goal to secure a victory guaranteed by Ben Chilwell’s 45th minute shot.
Brighton are forming the top four after a one point lead over United thanks to a 0-0 win at Norwich.
RESCUE OF WOLDS
Making the return of the day, Wolverhampton scored three goals from the 80th minute, beating Villa 3-2 from 2-0.
Southampton got their first win of the season, beating Leeds 1-0 in the other game.
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