Salah extends his hot streak to take Liverpool clear at the top
LIVERPOOL remain unbeaten in the Premier League after Jurgen Klopp’s side returned to top spot after a 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield yesterday. The Reds went three points clear of title rivals Manchester City, who face fellow high-flyers Tottenham at Wembley tomorrow.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs are all two points behind City so Klopp was delighted to put some breathing room between themselves and the chasing pack.
“The number of points makes a massive difference. The difference between 23 and 26 feels like 20 points, but it is only three,” said Klopp. “It is really important to stay on track, we will all need each other. It is unbelievable that five or six clubs have such a big number of points.
“It makes it even more intense, good for the people and for the supporters of all different clubs.”
Mo Salah scored for the fourth time in his last three matches and Sadio Mane bagged a brace either side of Xherdan Shaqiri’s first Liverpool goal.
Liverpool had 80 per cent possession and 19 attempts at goal against a side that were happy to sit on the back foot for prolonged periods.
The only blemish came when Callum Paterson got the final touch to a scrappy goal — dashing Liverpool’s hopes of extending their run of clean sheets in the top flight at home to 10 matches.
“We conceded a goal. That is never something you want, especially when you can get a record,” added Klopp. “Now Cardiff thought there is a bit more in this game and then we were immediately there and finished the game off. I’m really happy about that and we can recover and prepare for the next game.”
Klopp had warm words for Mane, who has played the last two games despite a broken thumb on his left hand.
“He has a broken thumb and plays with a brace. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with it but he ignores it pretty well. The first goal he gets the assist and the goal. It was a very good performance,” the German said.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said his players had given a good account of themselves. “It was eerie at 2-1, because it was so quiet. If we could have just hung on for another five next minutes, it would have been interesting. But they were just too good for us in the end.”
Mo Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s opening goal in the 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield yesterday. Photo: Paul Ellis