Liverpool beat Brentford 3-0 at Anfield in a Premier League match last weekend. The win propelled the Reds to the second position in the league table with 27 points from 12 matches as they trail Manchester City by a solitary point.
The recent 3-2 loss to FC Toulouse in the Europa League was a setback for Jürgen Klopp’s team, but they put that behind them nicely by registering an emphatic win against Brentford. Mohamed Salah scored a brace, while Diogo Jota scored the other goal to ensure the win.
Salah leading the forward line
Salah has been in imperious form this season and has scored 12 goals in 16 matches for the Reds this season. He has also registered four assists for them. With Sunday’s brace, he reached the milestone of scoring 200 goals in English football.
The Egyptian is going to be 32 soon, but is still at the height of his powers. It will be a pity if he leaves Liverpool for any Saudi Arabian club in January, as some of the rumours suggest.
Salah finished superbly with his left foot, which is one of the best in the business, twice against Brentford to seal the victory. For a change, Liverpool’s center forward, Darwin Núñez, turned provider by playing the pass to Salah for the latter’s first goal. The Egyptian is usually unparalleled in terms of playing horizontal passes to his fellow forwards inside the opposition penalty box.
He had played a pass to Núñez that the Uruguayan scored from against Brentford, but the the former Benfica striker was already offside before doing so. However, the Salah’s ability to find his teammates in tight spaces remains a treat to watch.
Liverpool have some key clashes coming up
Liverpool will take on Manchester City in a high-voltage clash right after the international break. That outcome of that match will go a long way in determining the fate of the title race, as a win there will give the Reds a great momentum.
However, getting the better of the Cityzens in their own backyard is not going to be an easy task at all. Even though Liverpool’s forwards are in good form, they will have to perform really well to breach City’s defense repeatedly.
However, Chelsea have shown recently that it can be done and Klopp will take heart from that. Salah, Núñez and Jota are one of the most fearsome trios in world football, and there is no reason why they cannot prove their class yet again in the match against Manchester City.
Liverpool will play against the likes of Fulham, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United before they take on arch-rivals Manchester United in December. If Klopp’s side is to give Guardiola’s City a stiff competition for the title race, his team will have to do reasonably well in those matches.
However, if there is one player Klopp will entrust his faith upon, it is Salah. The Egyptian is a proven big-match player and he will have to continue his good form for his club to keep challenging Manchester City for supremacy in English football.