Watch out Vardy! Relentless Salah not giving up Golden Boot chase
'Operation Record Breaker' is still in business.
And Mohamed Salah remains in the hunt for a third successive Golden Boot award too.
The Egypt internationalscored twice as the Reds ran out 3-1 winners at the Amex Stadium. With 19 league goals, he sits three behind Jamie Vardy in the standings. You can bet your life he willbe going all out to eclipse the Leicester man in Liverpool’s final four fixtures.
He was too good for Brighton here, profiting from the hosts’ slackness and Naby Keita’s sharpness to give his side the lead inside six minutes.
It was Liverpool's first away goal - in any competition - since February, and two minutes later they had another,with Salah setting up captain Jordan Henderson for a fine swept finish.
That took Salah to 99 goal involvements in the Premier League for Liverpool, and he would reach the century before the night was finished, timing his arrival perfectly to meet substitute Andy Robertson’s corner at the near post for 3-1.
That is73 league goals, to go with his 27 assists in 104 league appearances since arriving at Anfield.
He might have had more before the end, too.
“His numbers are scary,” said Anfield legend Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports commentary box. "He was 'at it' tonight," added Graeme Souness.Salah, unsurprisingly, picked up the Man of the Match award.
He is relentless, the 28-year-old. He loves being the main man at Anfield, and his appetite for glory, both personal and collective, is insatiable.
He grimaced when Mat Ryan got a good hand to his late effort, and even more so when, with the last act of the game, he headed a glorious chance over the bar. Great goalscorers are never satisfied, and Salah is absolutely a great goalscorer.
"I think I have good numbers since I came here," he smiled afterwards."Let's go for the next one."
And so Liverpool march on. That is 30 wins now for the season – no team has ever reached that landmark quicker in the history of English football.
They need nine points from their final four fixtures to surpass Manchester City’s record top-flight points total, and you would be foolish to back against them. They showed here, as they have many times this season, that they do noteven need to be at their best to win games with a bit to spare.
They were cruising at 2-0, but were asked questions by a bright and lively Brighton side as the first half wore on, the home side pulling a goal back through Tariq Lamptey’s cross and Leandro Trossard’s fine finish.
Liverpool did notalways defend well – Joe Gomez was poor, while teenage full-back Neco Williams was substituted at half-time having been drafted in for his first Premier League start.
But with Salah on song, the visitors always looked like they had too much, especially when they were able to introduce the likes of Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Fabinho from the bench.
They can reflect, too, on a promising hour from Naby Keita, whose pressing led to the first two goals. The Guinea international is one of the players with something to prove in these remaining games, and the signs here were promising indeed.
As for Salah, well we know what to expect from him. Always.
"Let's take it game by game," he grinned when asked about the Golden Boot afterwards.
The hunt is on.
Source : goal.com
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