Liverpool left Britannia Stadium three goals—and three points—richer after a hard mid-week performance. There were plenty of bright spots for the Reds throughout the night, but the overall feeling when the final whistle was blown was relief and a sense that the scoreline definitely didn’t reflect the game itself. Simon Mignolet definitely felt a bit lucky (probably for more reasons than one) at the end of the game.
"All the boys did really well,” Mignolet told the club’s official website after the game. “Stoke is a tough place to come to and of course we won 3-0 in the end but it wasn’t that easy, we had to fight for it. We did well.”
Mignolet, like pretty much everyone at this point, was particularly effusive about Mohamed Salah’s contribution to the game. While Mané had put Liverpool in the lead in the first half, Salah’s brace in the second (that’s 12 goals in the Premier League now) decisively sealed victory for the Reds.
"Mo comes on the pitch for the last 20 minutes to help us out and settle the game, which gives us a good scoreline, and I think we deserve it with the way we played,” Mignolet added. "He’s in really good form at the moment so it’s very important for us. He played a lot of minutes and [that's why Klopp] took him out but he comes on and he can change the game for us as well. So all credit to him, let’s hope he can keep doing it."
We’ve talked a lot about Mo Salah over the past few months, but it really does bear repeating: the way he’s playing right now is stupendous. With a few more lucky evenings like Wednesday, and Salah continuing to do his thing, Liverpool fans may have a pretty delightful holiday period to look forward to.