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Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool continue their great form streak and secure first place as we approach Christmas. The Reds opened up a defenseless Crystal Palace this afternoon and made it easy to hit them for a staggering seven goals.
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Roberto Firmino impressed for the second consecutive game thanks to his assistance and two goals. Takumi Minamino also shone, opening the scoring after three minutes. But the Japanese winger took the place of Mohamed Salah, who was left on the bench for the Selhurst Park match after being reported this week saying he was “disappointed” not to have received the captain’s armband against Midtjylland in the Champions League.
However, his cameo was more than a contribution to Liverpool’s victory and suggested that Jurgen Klopp made a mistake by benching him in the first place.
Salah on fire
The Egyptian wasted no time before Palace begged for mercy. He came in in place of Sadio Mane just before the hour and it wasn’t long before he got into the action on goal.
Salah assisted Firmino’s goal to make the Reds 5-0, before scoring the last two goals of the game for him. According to SofaScore, he completed 100% of his attempted passes, made 100% of his shots on goal and created another great scoring opportunity for his team.
His overwhelming efforts now see him jump ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Son Heung-min with 13 goals and three assists in 13 Premier League games played (via BBC Sport).
Salah’s efforts have helped Liverpool consolidate at the top of the table before the next play, putting crucial extra daylight between them and the Spurs.
The Reds’ next challenge will be against West Brom on December 27 at Anfield and Salah will be sure to know that his riveting performance in the capital today was enough to ensure Klopp never leaves him on the bench again.
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