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Leeds United succumb to dominant Liverpool as Salah strikes his 100th league goal!

The mark of any great team is to rise from the depths of ordinary to reach the peaks of sublime.

Well, Liverpool are certainly in the league of the greatest Premier League teams ever, as they rose from a rather ordinary display against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw to a sublime 3-0 whitewash of Leeds United at Elland Road last evening.

A small number of Kopites who made the trip from Liverpool and millions more watching around the world were certainly more than satisfied as the three Reds’ stalwarts in Salah, Fabinho and Mane registered their names on the score sheet.

With this triumph, Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 11 encounters against Leeds having won 8 and drawn 3 with their last loss coming more than two decades back in April 2001 as the Merseyside Maulers were conquered 2-1 at Anfield on that occasion.

Leeds United with this fourth successive loss since the inception of the season have piled up their most miserable campaign in any top-flight competition since 1958-59. Certainly not a good space to be in if you are a Peacocks’ fan.

So, without further ado lets dissect this rather pleasing performance The Reds showed in a game that also saw a red card:

Centurion Mohamed Salah, the difference maker in the first 45

Marcelo Bielsa’s team started this contest as the more assertive side creating their first opportunity on target in just the 4th minute as Rodrigo blasted a straight attempt at Reds’ keeper Alisson who was equal to the shot.

The visitors came back strong after the initial scare as Jota mounted a chance in the 14th minute when the Portuguese took down a Salah pass with his chest and hooked it on the volley to Leeds’ keeper Meslier who did well to take the sting out of the shot.

The momentum for The Reds would finally result in a hurrah in the 20th minute as the enigmatic Egyptian, Mohamed Salah put the visitors in front with a super strike to reach 100 goals in The Premier League after he was fed with a brilliant pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Liverpool were up by a goal to nil early as the team gathered around the Egyptian to congratulate him on becoming the fifth fastest to reach the century landmark in this competition.

Minutes later Mane had a chance to put the visitors two to the good as his shot went above the post. Liverpool were certainly looking up for this one.

The Reds would continue to dominate the remainder of the first half albeit the second was not to be found much akin to a treasure hunter looking for the elusive treasure only to be disappointed in his excursion at least for the moment.

Fab Fabinho and Majestic Mane seal the deal

As the second 45 began, Liverpool continued their dominance as Mane and Salah both fired their shots wide.

Leeds were lucky not to concede and one could just feel the second goal was around the corner.

Well the goal came in a matter of moments as Fabinho did well to capitalize on a corner from Alexander-Arnold scoring on his second attempt as VAR did check on Sadio Mane being offside albeit the goal was given.

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The Brazilian midfielder had his first for The Reds in 15 months.

Seven minutes later Liverpool were dealt with a destructive blow as their teenage sensation Harvey Elliot was tackled rather roughly by Pascal Struijk who saw a red as the Liverpool midfielder was carried off the field on a stretcher.

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Jurgen Klopp was furious with this tackle and rightfully so!

In time we should know the magnitude of Elliot’s injury and wish him all the best on a speedy recovery.

In the 75th minute, Leeds had a chance to get one back as Bamford’s attempt was saved with much confidence by Alisson.

At the other end, Liverpool would continue their offensive onslaught as Sadio Mane came close to giving The Merseyside Maulers their third, only to be denied by the Leeds keeper.

Alisson again was up to the task in the 83rd minute, keeping a long-range effort out by Bamford jumping high to thwart the ball away.

Liverpool would finally have their third in injury time as Sadio Mane after numerous unsuccessful attempts on goal finally found fulfilment with a super strike on goal after he was fed with a fine pass by Thiago who did well to latch onto a long cross from captain Henderson.

As the referee called time, Liverpool were rightfully anointed as the 3-0 winners.

The winning momentum needs to continue for The Reds

With three wins and one draw so far in the season, The Reds are looking good and need to build on this momentum as the contests will most certainly get tougher in time.

Liverpool should continue to mount those offensive onslaughts and goals will surely become a regular feature in their play as we have seen this far.

The Champions League opener against AC Milan is upon The Reds next in a matter of a few days and nothing short of a win in the opener of Europe’s most prestigious club competition will suffice.

Having said this, make no mistake any Italian opposition is never a cake walk and The Merseyside Maulers will definitely have to bring their A game to the fore amid a 50,000 strong Anfield.

After all, when Kopites roar, Liverpool soar.

 ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Spirited 10-man Chelsea hold Liverpool to a draw at Anfield amid flaring tempers!

Pitted as a must watch clash of the titans, Anfield was rather disappointed with the final outcome as 10-man Chelsea did well to keep Liverpool at bay in a 1-1 draw despite the relentless attacking intent shown by The Reds.

Surely, Thomas Tuchel’s side would have been the happier of the two teams despite losing their right back, Reece James to a red at the stroke of half-time and still holding their own in the second to see out a draw which in-truth seemed almost an away win for them.

Testament to their coming of age under the German!

Truth be told, this clash wasn’t only about on-field performance albeit also of raging tempers on either side when Reece James received the red having controversially kept the ball out with his hand which was headed into the back of the net and Salah scored as a result with the spot-kick.

Chelsea were surely unhappy with the decision and it showed as keeper Mendy kicked the ball away when Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson went to collect it after Salah’s penalty thereby resulting in a heated exchange between the two as their respective team members came in to diffuse the situation.

Having said this, on a more positive note for all Liverpool fans, despite this 1-1 draw, The Merseyside Maulers still continued their unabated run of not losing a single game in their last 13 league encounters having won 10 and drawn 3.

So, without further ado lets dissect this fixture that saw the small section of Blues supporters certainly being the happier bunch amid the sea of Red at Anfield:

Spoils are shared in the first 45 amid drama galore

Liverpool started the game as the more dominant of the two teams with their first chance coming in just the 4th minute as a sloppy display from Kai Havertz saw Salah get the ball and he in turn passed it to young Harvey Elliot whose strike went just inches off-target.

The Reds would continue to build attacks with a second chance coming in the 10th minute as Henderson volleyed the ball off-target with his first touch from a sumptuous Trent Alexander-Arnold cross.

Liverpool certainly looked up for this contest albeit much to their dismay, the opposition drew first blood when Kai Havertz loopy header found the back of the Liverpool net from a James corner in the 22nd minute. Truth be told, The Reds defence was in sixes and sevens as The German was given ample space to conveniently head the ball that beat keeper Alisson.

Chelsea led Liverpool by a goal to nil as the Kop and more importantly all of Anfield was in shock!

A comeback was more than the need of the hour.

Well, the comeback came in injury time as Mane’s strike was blocked by Reece James as the ball bounced of his leg inevitably onto his hand as it was going in.

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The result, a penalty as VAR asked the referee to decide by looking at the pitch side monitor and Chelsea’s misery soared further after James was also shown the Red as a deliberate attempt to keep the ball out with his hand.

The Blues were furious amid the rather controversial decision and Mohamed Salah made no mistake in drawing The Reds level with his 99th Premier League goal.

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As the first half ended there were ill-fated temper tussles between both the teams which also saw Blues’ defender Rudiger and keeper Mendy get a yellow.

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Mendy keeps Liverpool’s attacking threats at bay in the second half

Having been reduced to 10-men and also scarred with two yellow cards, Chelsea as the second half began were all but emotionally drained. One would have expected Liverpool to capitalize on this situation and mount further misery on The Blues.

Well, The Reds certainly tried with mounting 24 shots with 7 of them being on target albeit Chelsea stood strong to keep the Merseyside Maulers at bay.

Liverpool had their first chance of the second half in the 51st minute with Jota’s header going just inches above the goal.

Minutes later keeper Mendy did well to keep a long Virgil Van Dijk shot out along with also standing tall to thwart Fabinho and Robertson’s efforts.

Truth be told, Liverpool were getting frustrated having not mounted a second despite having one additional player on the field.

As time went on so did Liverpool’s desperation to score with missing two more chances in the last 10 minutes as Jota and Salah were also denied by Mendy.

The Chelsea keeper had done fantastically well to deny Liverpool who had chances aplenty as the referee called time.

For a neutral and the small group of Chelsea fans at Anfield, this was almost a win for The Blues as they took an important point from this away fixture.

Not a dent but a learning for The Reds

For Jurgen Klopp and his team this draw which could easily have been a win as Chelsea were demoralized, being down to 10-men should not be seen as a dent but a learning.

Learning to capitalize better on opportunities when you have the opposition down and deflated.

Having said this Liverpool did try and had it not been for the stupendous efforts of Blues’ keeper Mendy, The Reds surely would have had a second.

Despite the draw, The Reds still sit pretty on third in the league table with seven important points and surely would hope for nothing less than a win when they lock horns with Leeds United next in the league before opening their European campaign against the Italian force A.C. Milan.

The season is still very open and all for Liverpool to make their own.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Awesome Alisson rescues Liverpool with a historic header. European dream lives on!

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Liverpool have certainly been faced with desperate times, needing an all-important winner against West Brom yesterday, to stay relevant for European top-flight football next season.

Salah, Firmino, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold and Thiago all tried, albeit as was the will of God, an unlikely hero surfaced to keep The Reds’ European dream alive. That’s right, the desperate measure was our Brazilian Dark Knight, Alisson Becker.

When the going got tough, Alisson got going and reached the opposition D to head in a historic winner seconds before the close. The first goal ever scored by a Liverpool keeper in the club’s 129-year history.

So momentous is this feat as the Brazilian joined a rare and rather esteemed club of only five keepers in the history of the Premier League who have inflicted a goal on their opposition.

Truly, awe-inspiring as The Reds in the most unique fashion scripted a much-needed win with the final score line – West Brom 1 – 2 Liverpool.

So, as my heart beats with excitement let’s dissect the game that had the most thrilling climax seen in the recent past:

Spoils shared in the first 45

Before this game began, The Baggies were already in the relegation zone, but the intensity they showed suggested otherwise.

Fifteen minutes in and Robson-Kanu put the home side in front. The Welshman burst down the right channel and reached Pereira’s pass to calmly slot the ball past Alisson in the far bottom corner.

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Make no mistake, West Brom were more than up for this contest as Liverpool were rocked early.

Post the goal, Albion beefed up their defence to put more pressure on The Reds’ offensive play with six players guarding their territory. The challenge to break West Brom’s stringent defence was tough.

Well, when tough is the scenario, who other than Liverpool’s magician can make the play? Mohamed Salah slotted one in when Liverpool took a free-kick quickly, as Sadio Mane laid off a pass to the Egyptian just outside the D.

Salah’s curl in the top far left of the net was more than clinical as 33 minutes in, the score was level at one apiece.

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The Egyptian stood level with Tottenham star, Harry Kane at 22 goals each in the race for the golden boot.

The spoils were shared as the curtains drew on the first 45.

Alisson Becker, Liverpool’s unlikely hero

The second 45 was about Liverpool’s offensive threats and West Brom’s counter set pieces. Practically every Reds player tried to get the all-important winner albeit as destiny would have it they were all kept at bay.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago came closest to putting The Reds in front with Albion’s keeper Johnstone more than being up to the task. As time moved on and the finish was fast approaching, my heart rate went up by leaps and bounds to not see the much-needed winner. Yet!

The situation was tense as Liverpool’s hope of the European dream were fast fading. The final 90 drew to a close and the referee signaled for five added minutes. The Reds still hadn’t found the answer.

As the clock struck the fifth minute of injury time, The Merseyside Club won their last corner of the match. A do or die situation as the Gods of Europe looked down on The Midlands. Such was the desperation that keeper Alisson Becker also came in the West Brom D to try his luck.

Trent Alexander-Arnold fired the cross and a person in a black shirt rose amid a sea of players to fire a header that went in the back of the Albion net.

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For a moment, I was spell-bound and didn’t know what had happened till I realised, the players in red had gathered around this person in black and were celebrating in unison. Alisson Becker had scored to win it for Liverpool, momentous as it was, tears of joy poured down my eyes.

The feeling was simply wow!

The European dream gets ever closer

Thanks to the injury time win yesterday, our European dream is now just two games away.

It is important we keep our focus on winning against Burnley and Crystal Palace and hope one of Chelsea or Leicester will falter as they play each other next.

My Dear Reds, just keep the next wins more certain than dragging it to the last minute. Sensitive hearts can’t take too much pounding.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

First the fans, now Liverpool – Old Trafford’s storm of misery continues!

It’s been almost two weeks to this day that a group of United loyalists had taken Old Trafford under siege, wrecking a storm of misery on the spiritual home of football in Manchester.

The result, the game against their fiercest rivals, Liverpool was postponed.

Well, the fixture that epitomizes English football finally got underway yesterday as Old Trafford’s storm of misery soared further, this time by a splendid, determined and clinical performance by The Reds.

A performance akin to a sage finding salvation!

Yes, that’s right, Liverpool not only beat United yesterday but created the perfect emotional storm of inflicting mayhem in the hearts of every Manchester United supporter with a whopping 4-2 score line.

You read that right, 4-2!

A more gratifying statistic though for me was with this unfavourable result, The Red Devils’ enviable record of losing just one game in the last fifteen against Liverpool at home suffered a massive dent.

Possibly one to their mammoth ego too!

So, as The Merseyside Club further cemented their claim on a top 4 finish, lets dissect this rather calamitous night if you’re a United fan:

Roberto Firmino, the difference maker in the first 45

Manchester United were the brighter of the two teams as the contest began with Edinson Cavani pouncing on a poor pass out of the box by keeper Alisson albeit hitting it wide.

Moments later, The Red Devils would go one to the good when their Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes fired a shot which took a deflection off Liverpool’s Nat Philips to go right in.

Liverpool’s moment of misfortune resulted in United’s moment of magic.

Twenty-Seven minutes in, Phillips almost made amends for his earlier debacle when he was brought down by Bailly inside the United D with the referee pointing to the spot. After checking on the pitch side monitor through VAR consultation, he reversed his decision.

This was the motivation Liverpool needed as they started an offensive onslaught with Diogo Jota coming extremely close to equalize minutes later.

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The goal would finally come for The Reds when in the 34th minute, Jota backheeled the ball that beat keeper Henderson to go straight into the United goal. This after Phillips was the architect beating two defenders and going for goal, though the ball went towards the Portuguese forward who pounced on the opportunity to draw Liverpool level.

The Merseyside Club would score another as their Brazilian man, Bobby Firmino finally registered his name on the scoring sheet in injury time showing no mercy on the Red Devils after he headed a fine cross from Trent Alexander Arnold in the United net.

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The score at half-time read Manchester United 1 – 2 Liverpool

Polar opposite emotions, one red with anger, the other red with joy!

Mohamed Salah seals the deal for The Reds

As the second half began, Bobby would have his brace as he capitalized on a rebound off Dean Henderson after the United keeper saved Alexander Arnold’s first effort.

Liverpool were over the moon with a two-goal cushion.

Moments later The Reds almost went three to the good, as Diogo Jota’s effort hit the post. United were spared the blushes.

The tale of twists would continue as Marcus Rashford, the star of English football reduced the deficit in the 68th minute after he made no mistake, slotting in a majestic pass from Cavani.

The margin had reduced to 3-2. The United supporters thought they had a chance.

Well, just before the final whistle, my moment of true delight would come as the dream, the chance, the opportunity that every United supporter felt they had was ruthlessly shattered by the best Liverpool has to offer, a man called Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian made a magnificent run from midfield after United lost the ball to truly seal the deal for the Reds with the fourth and final nail in the coffin.

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A God sent gift if you are a Liverpool supporter as Salah slotted his 21st goal of the season to share the golden boot with Harry Kane as things stand.

Jurgen Klopp was emotionally charged, so were the players and most of all so was I.

My team had beaten their fiercest rivals on their own turf after an astounding gap of seven years dating back to March, 2014.

The European Equation is as simple as it gets

Liverpool need to win the final three fixtures and hope either of Leicester or Chelsea falter.

The Foxes and The Blues play each other next, with one of them bound to fade which strengthens our claim.

An equation as simple as that and we are in The Champions League next season.

Truth be told, what gives me hope is the resurgence in form we have shown at the right time, which should put us in a good space to beat the lesser teams in West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace.

That shall definitely happen in time, as for now, let’s just bask in the glory of beating our biggest enemy!

Be proud my Dear Reds, be very proud for what you’ve done will make us savour this special moment till the end of time.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’