You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t decide who was the Man of the Match as Liverpool routed Arsenal on Sunday, but after brushing off his “Chelsea reject” tag since moving to Merseyside from AS Roma in a big money move in July, you wouldn’t hear a whole lot of arguments if you chose Mohamed Salah.
“I’m a Liverpool player and, of course, for me they are the best. They caused Arsenal a lot of problems,” said Reds defender Dejan Lovren. “It’s a long season and we will see towards the end of the season who is in the first place, but you can see the difference those three players make. I’m lucky that I don’t have to face them very often in training. It tends to be the guys who aren’t in the first XI,” continued the Croatian centre-back. “All three of them are top players, they have pace and great quality. They are amazing. It would be quite difficult for any defender when you are up against Salah, Mane and Firmino.”
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Chasing down and robbing Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin, Salah proceeded to run half the length of the field with a string of defenders in hot-pursuit before sliding the ball calmly under Gunners ‘keeper Petr Cech. If his eye-popping goal wasn’t enough, he’d go on to provide an assist as Daniel Sturridge bagged the winner with the Egyptian looking like he’s been at the club for years, dovetailing perfectly with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the Reds front three. It’s only three-matches in to the season, but Salah has now scored more goals for the Anfield outfit than he did during an unproductive six months with Chelsea — including his first European goal for the Reds.
“We need to learn that we can do things like this every three or four days because otherwise will we have a problem during the season,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, happy to see the response of his side after a grueling midweek meeting with Hoffenheim. “We wanted to show it today, we wanted to prove to ourselves, we wanted to be spot on from the first second, we wanted to show our desire, we wanted to show our greed and we wanted to show our ambitions against a very strong side,” explained the German manager, thrilled with his front three. “You never know if you then can win the game, but we didn’t think about winning the game, more about the performance. The performance was perfect and the result is a result of the performance.”