Even before kickoff, the prospects of watching Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah together left many Liverpool supporters salivating. The two pacy attackers did not disappoint.
Inside of seven minutes Roberto Firmino released Mane down the left hand side in a lightning-quick and devastating counter attack for the game’s opening goal. It was a pattern that would be repeated throughout the first half, with both Mane and Salah providing dangerous outlets out wide and occasionally through the middle.
Salah would also add his name to the score sheet for his fourth goal in five preseason appearances. Mane turned provider for this second goal with a brilliant bit of trickery to release (a surprisingly competent) Alberto Moreno, who in turn picked out Salah at the back post with the help of a kind deflection or two.
All in all, it was a fantastic first outing for the Mane-Salah-Firmino front three. And if we have to drop Philippe Coutinho back into midfield to feed them perfectly-weighted through balls all season, well, I guess that’s just the way it goes.
Liverpool will hopefully still be able to acquire one or two missing pieces to fill out the squad before the end of the transfer window, but it looks like at least the Mo Salah transfer was a big coup for the Reds.