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Mohamed Salah creates Liverpool history in Brentford win

Mohamed Salah creates Liverpool history in Brentford win

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah sets a new Reds record and hits an English football milestone in his side’s 3-0 Premier League win over Brentford at Anfield.

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah wrote another chapter of Anfield history with his brace in the Reds’ 3-0 Premier League win over Brentford on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side had to right a few wrongs in front of the home crowd, having been held to a 1-1 draw versus Luton Town before losing to Toulouse in Thursday’s Europa League tie.

Fresh injury concerns to Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez did the Reds no favours, while all of Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Dominik Szoboszlai and Cody Gakpo started in an attack-minded XI.

Both sides spurned chances to break the deadlock early doors, as Nunez saw two strikes ruled out for offside while Bryan Mbeumo‘s dinked effort failed to get the better of Alisson Becker.

However, six minutes before the half-time whistle blew, Nunez turned provider to pick out the run of Salah in the right channel, and the Egyptian winger calmly found the far corner to propel Liverpool into the lead.

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for Liverpool on November 12, 2023© Reuters

With his opening strike, Salah became the first Liverpool player in history to score in the opening six home games of a new season, having also struck against West Ham United, Bournemouth, Everton, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.

The ex-Chelsea man has also registered a goal or assist in 15 successive Premier League games at Anfield, and things would get better for Salah in the second period, as he doubled the hosts’ advantage with 62 minutes gone.

Kostas Tsimikas managed to keep the ball alive on the left, and Salah was left unmarked in the right-hand side of the box to casually head in his 200th goal in English football.

Salah’s double-century began with a pair of goals during his underwhelming period at Chelsea, and the 31-year-old has since totalled a whopping 198 in English football for Klopp’s side, who did not rest on their laurels after going two goals up.

Tsimikas’s second assist of the afternoon arrived in the 74th minute, as the Greek left-back laid off Jota on the left-hand side of the box, and the Portugal international cut inside before unleashing a rocket into the far corner.

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for Liverpool on November 12, 2023© Reuters

Virgil van Dijk and Alisson were required to make a couple of crucial defensive contributions in the dying embers, but Klopp’s side clung on for a routine win, their ninth from nine home games at the start of the 2023-24 season.

With the Reds netting multiple goals on Saturday, they have also equalled a club record of winning nine successive home games in all competitions while scoring at least twice on each occasion.

The only previous Liverpool team to achieve that feat were Bob Paisley‘s 1980 side, and the Reds will be expected to extend that sequence into the double figures when LASK Linz head to Anfield on November 30.

Prior to that Europa League tie, Liverpool meet Manchester City at the Etihad following the international break, having gone level on points with the champions while leapfrogging Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur with Saturday’s triumph.

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