Liverpool left-winger, Mohamed Salah used Manchester City to stamp his authority in the world of football. The 29-year-old Egyptian forward was a thorn in the flesh of Manchester City when the reigning Premier League champions visited Anfield on Sunday, October 3, 2021.
In the Premier League game which would have kept Liverpool at the top of the league table, the host struggled to play as expected in the first half. Manchester City were in control of the first 45 minutes of the game but were not able to take advantage of their possession.
The game opened up in the second half especially after Mohamed Salah who was dominant in most parts of the game, assisted Sadio Mane to score the opening goal in the 59th minute.
Salah did not just pass the ball to Mane, the Egyptian winger did that in style by gliding past Manchester City’s defender Rodri, dazzled other Manchester City’s defenders before he released the ball to Mane who did not waste Salah’s fine effort.
Turning defence into attack 🔥— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 4, 2021
An incredible angle of a brilliant goal, finished in style by Sadio 👌⚽️ pic.twitter.com/eHC1waaIm8
Afterward, Coach Pep Guardiola and his boys who suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint Germain in a Champions League group game on Tuesday, bounced back in the 69th minute, thanks to Phil Foden’s strike.
The magical moment the world of football might never stop talking about for a very long time came towards the 76th-minute mark. Mohamed Salah used the moment of the match to prove that he deserves to be mention whenever the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are mentioned.
Salah made Manchester City’s midfield and defense looked useless by skillfully driving himself past Cancelo, Bernardo, Foden, and Aymeric Laporte before he clinically slot in the goal in the 76th minute.
𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 😱— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2021
A goal we’ll never tire of watching. Out of this world from @MoSalah 👏 pic.twitter.com/mZEq9OI0Wx
After the game which ended 2-2 thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s equalizer in the 81st minute, the coach of the Liverpool football club, Jurgen Klopp described Mohamed Salah’s goal as a goal that could only be scored by the best players in the world.
He said: “Salah’s goal – only the best players in the world score goals like this. People will talk about this goal for a long, long time.”
On his general assessment of the game, Klopp noted that the match was an exciting game and acknowledged the fact that his team performed woefully in the first half.
He said: “An exciting game, with two completely different halves. Thank God there were two halves because the first was exactly how we shouldn’t do it against City, the second was how we should.
“In the first half, I can’t remember a chance from us. We didn’t change anything, we just told the boys what we should have done. Things like this can happen against a team like City, with their quality. Our biggest problem was we didn’t play football.
“If we played only the second half, I’d have liked to have won the game but with the first half, a point was fine. The (Milner) situation was too far away but we took Milly off because of the yellow card.
“It’s a really good lesson for us today, to show a reaction and that was absolutely great. The second half was us, we caused them massive problems.”
With the world-class goal Mohamed Salah scored against Manchester City on Sunday, the 29-year-old Egyptian winger has now scored 9 goals and provided 3 assists in 9 appearances in all competitions.
As it stands, Salah has outperformed Messi and Ronaldo so far this season. Only the likes of Erling Haaland of Dortmund (11 goals in 8 games), and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern (13 goals in 10 games) are ahead of Salah in terms of individual performance in the top five European leagues this season.