How Mohamed Salah performed in Liverpool’s win over Chelsea

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Mohamed Salah lined up for his ninth Liverpool game of the season as part of the Premier League leaders’ prolific front three against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Egyptian won the league’s golden boot in 2017-18 and was joint winner last season with 22 goals.

Salah already had four goals in this season’s Premier League when he lined up to face his former side Chelsea, who he spent one season with in 2014, making just 19 appearances and scoring two goals.

Here, PA news agency takes a look at how Salah fared as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Creativity

For Liverpool’s opening goal, the Egyptian cleverly back-heeled a free kick for Trent Alexander-Arnold to drive into the top corner.

Salah also showed his attacking strength in the 39th minute, when he drove into the box from the right, weaving past Fikayo Tomori before his final effort was blocked by Andreas Christensen.

Relationship with Mane

The pair shared the golden boot last season but rumours of problems sparked after Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Burnley and the duo failed to link up effectively again at Stamford Bridge.

The two failed to link up on a couple of occasions, with Salah making passes that could not reach Mane, as the pair seemed to have lost some of last season’s understanding. Mane was substituted in the 72nd minute.

Overall

Although he did not put his name on the scoresheet, Salah was instrumental in Liverpool’s attacking threat, driving forward from midfield and bringing the ball into the Chelsea box.

The 27-year-old was not on his best form, a couple of chances he might have put away in previous seasons were blocked or defended.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his young Manchester United squad have the stomach for a fight, but just lack the ringcraft.

United slipped to a demoralising 2-0 defeat at West Ham, stretching their winless run on the road to seven Premier League matches.

They also face an anxious wait for the results of a scan on Marcus Rashford’s groin after their last striker standing limped off.

It was a lifeless display at the London Stadium, but Solskjaer maintained: “It’s a good group to work with, they are determined.

“Sometimes along the road you’re going to hit some bumps. This group is determined, they showed the desire we want. There’s a good atmosphere in the dressing room and they’ve got their focus right.

“This group want to do what we are trying to do, we are working in training. There are key moments in games that can tip games in our favour.

“It might be a bad decision on a pass. But the attitude and desire is there. That’s not the problem, it’s the quality in our decision making and execution.”

West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko landed the first blow a minute before half-time and full-back Aaron Cresswell supplied the knockout punch with a spectacular late free-kick.

“All of us know Manchester United are one of the biggest teams in the Premier League,” said Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini.

“They are always close to fighting for the title or for the Champions League spots.

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Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side do not have to compete with Manchester City‘s style as they restored their five-point gap at the top of the Premier League.

Klopp’s side won their 15th league game in a row at Chelsea as first-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino set up a 2-1 win.

It came 24 hours after reigning champions City posted a club-record Premier League win when they beat Watford 8-0 and this fascinating battle between to two teams continues.

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Klopp, who watched City’s highlights after training on Saturday, says it is points that matter and that is where Liverpool have the early advantage.

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It looked like being a routine three-point haul for the Reds as Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant free-kick was added to by Firmino’s free header.

Chelsea, who had a goal ruled out by VAR at 1-0, did not wilt after the break, though, and Kante’s fine individual strike had Liverpool hanging on.

“It was very good in moments, Chelsea had their moments of course because they are so good,” Klopp said.

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“After half-time we had two big chances and it could have been three or four but we didn’t score.

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