To the surprise of no one (although, perhaps to the chagrin of Sadio Mane), Mohamed Salah leads all Liverpool players with three league goals after the first month of play. And again, it is not all that surprising that one of Mo’s goals has been voted by the fans as the best club goal of August.
The goal in question was his second and Liverpool’s third at home against Arsenal.
After David Luiz had been booked for his blatantly obvious pull on Mo Salah in the box, the former Chelsea defender put himself in another awkward spot against the Egyptian king around the halfway line. Any foul, hell, any contact in that situation would have probably resulted in a deserved second yellow and sending off for the Brazilian. Luiz—wisely—pulled out of the challenge, leaving Mo free to do what he does, run down the wing with pace and purpose.
Mo still had a lot of work to do, and boy did he do it. He drove with the ball down the pitch, and slotted a low shot past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Sadio Mane’s bolt-out-of-the-blue against Southampton was good enough for second place in the voting, and his emphatic finish from a Firmino pull back in the UEFA Super Cup came in fourth. Salah’s strike against Norwich was sandwiched between them in third.
I’m sure this will only increase The Narrative™ surrounding Salah and Mane’s competitiveness over scoring goals.
Firmino’s outside the box goal against Burnley rounded out the Top 5.
(I was going to embed a video of Mo’s goal, but the club have disabled embeds from their official YouTube channel, so fuck ‘em.)