Mohamed Salah becomes the Premier League’s top scorer as Liverpool demolish Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Anfield. The “Egyptian King” now has 21 goals to his name and teammate Sadio Mané has 20.
A near-perfect first-half had the Reds up 3-0 at the break and they didn’t slow down.Embed from Getty Images
Goals from Naby Keïta, along with braces from Mané and Salah were more than enough to see the game out.
It was also a long-awaited return to first-team action for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool tear Huddersfield apart in first-half
Naby Keïta started things off by scoring in the first 15 seconds of the game – a Liverpool club record for fastest goal.
A careless pass from the Huddersfield backline found its way to Salah who sent Keïta through on goal. The Guinean international’s goal is his second in the League this season.Embed from Getty Images
Jürgen Klopp’s men were not satisfied with the single-goal lead and were relentless. Quick footwork by Virgil van Dijk allowed him to find a sprinting Andy Robertson on the left flank.
Liverpool’s No. 26 let loose a perfectly curled effort towards the penalty spot where it found Mané all by himself. With little pressure from Huddersfield’s Terrence Kongolo, it was one of Mané’s easiest goals of his career.
The Reds dominated the first period with about 70% possession and almost tripling Huddersfield’s pass completion.
The Terriers didn’t manage a single shot, while Liverpool hammered nine towards the visitors’ goal.Embed from Getty Images
To add insult to injury, Salah capped off an almost impeccable performance with a clever chip over Jonas Lössl in stoppage time. His run past the opposition full-back was met by a Trent Alexander-Arnold lob.
There was no mistake as the Reds entered the tunnel with a chance to close the gap on Manchester City’s goal difference.
Salah now PL top scorer
Liverpool started the second-half a little slower and more composed. They continued to keep the ball away from Huddersfield and limit their opponent’s chances.
The Terriers did manage to find some attacking form but only one of their five shots troubled Alisson.
Another headed goal for Mané at the 66-minute mark saw him poised for a hattrick. He drew level with Salah as joint top scorer momentarily.
The Ox’s introduction drew many fans to their feet and the Englishman reminded everyone exactly why he’s been missed.Embed from Getty Images
A few quick touches and he almost scored seconds after coming on but he was unlucky as Lössl managed to block the shot just in front of goal.
Salah’s tap in minutes before half time put an end to an entertaining Anfield goal fest. Salah’s 21st goal was also Robertson’s 13th assist.
Liverpool retake top spot on the ladder with two games remaining in their season. Manchester City are two points behind with a game in hand as they take on Burnley on Sunday.
The Reds now look to their Champions League semifinal against Barcelona on May 1.