Liverpool’s extremely slow start to 2021 seems to be on the mend. The Reds completed their second win in a row, just three days apart, taking down both Spurs and West Ham respectively by identical 3-1 scorelines.
Mohamed Salah, who’s finishing had turned ice cold like the rest of the team prior to this week, finally got on the score sheet. Apparently, it just takes playing West Ham to get Salah in amongst the goals. He now has 9 goals against the Hammers, the most of any opponent he has played against.
“I think I scored a few goals against them but it’s a tough team, they are in a good position this season,” said Salah after the game.
The Egyptian forward scored two extremely well taken goals. The first was a vintage left-footed curler after Salah created just a sliver of space for himself to shoot from the right side of the box. The second goal was off of a lightning fast counterattack after defending a corner. Salah took a lofted cross from Xherdan Shaqiri with his right foot before delicately lifting the ball over the onrushing keeper with the outside of his left foot.
“I just keep practicing in training for my right foot and left foot,” the said Salah of the sequence that led to the second goal. “But it was a good ball from Shaq. I have to give him credit as well for the lovely ball from him. I just kept the first touch and the second was the finish.”
With two games won on the trot, and every other team in the title hunt outside of Manchester City dropping points, Liverpool are now back in the mix of things. In this topsy-turvey season, no one has really been able to pull away from the pack.
“[W]e just need to carry on and keep winning,” said Salah.
“Every year is like that. If you want to win the league, you have to win every game. But this year City were struggling in the beginning and now we were struggling three or four games ago. You just need to keep winning if you want to really win the Premier League.”
With the Champions League knockout rounds starting up, and Premier League fixtures coming thick and fast, let’s hope Mo and the Reds are getting on a hot streak.