Liverpool and Mohamed Salah, author of a double, chewed Belgrade’s Red Star on Wednesday (4-0) during the third day of the champions League, thus renewing the shimmering game that had enabled them to reach the final last season.
The magic trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané scored all four goals, sending a message to the rest of Europe : after a few push-ups, including a defeat in Naples earlier this month, the Reds are back on top.
Before the return leg in Belgrade, they took first place in Group C (6 pts), one step ahead of Napoli (5 pts) after the draw against PSG (3rd with 4 pts).
Seeing his team out of power offensively in the last few weeks, Jürgen Klopp had decided to hit the accelerator hard against the modest Belgrade.
To get out of the offensive lethargy (four goals scored in the last five matches in all competitions), the German sorcerer had lined up his “Fab Three”, taking advantage of Mané’s return to injury.To serve his trio, he had lined up the very offensive Shaqiri in the middle. The stocky Swiss also has been excellent.
On Anfield’s lawn, it did not make a fold. The Reds dominated ultra, monopolizing the ball and multiplying goals and chances, like PSG in the previous day (6-1) against an out-dated Red Star.
Fifty for Salah
As early as the 20th minute, Firmino put his own in front after being served in an armchair by Roberston, himself perfectly launched by Shaqiri.
Switzerland was still in the bag just before the break for a deviation in Salah’s race. the Egyptian, after a few misfires, did not miss his chance this time and adjusted Borjan (2-0, 45′) to score his first goal of the season in C1.
The Best Player of the last season of the Premier League allowed his team to fly back from the dressing rooms, transforming a penalty caused by Mané, following a foul by Stojkovic (3-0, 51′).
What a relief for the Egyptian ! With this 50th goal in red, he is back again in his role of “serial scorer”, he who had become a “serial spoiler” after a half-toned start to the season, in the straight line of his not very successful World Cup. He had already found the flaw against Huddersfield (1-0) over the weekend.
As for Mané, also looking for his best form, he missed a penalty in the 75th minute after Salah’s release.
Fortunately for the Senegalese, Sturridge slipped him a small ball, which he managed to take back out of the reach of Borjan (80′) to add up again.