28 Apr The ‘different’ Premier League race is on – Mane and Salah preventing it out for Golden Boot
The Liverpool duo each scored twice as Huddersfield have been battered 5-Zero at Anfield on Friday night
It’s not simply the title race which goes right down to the wire.
The battle for the Premier League Golden Boot is hotting up too. And as with the massive prize, Liverpool want to land it.
Heading again to the highest of the desk, for 48 hours not less than, the Reds had far, far an excessive amount of for Huddersfield right here, administering a 5-Zero thrashing that, had it been a boxing match, would have been waved off inside 20 minutes.
Or 20 seconds, perhaps.
Naby Keita’s objective, timed at simply 15 seconds, set Jurgen Klopp’s facet on their manner. After that, it was right down to the acquainted faces to have their enjoyable.
Sadio Mane headed dwelling a second halfway via the half, a objective which took him stage with Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero on the high of the Premier League scoring charts.
To not be outdone, Salah received in on the act earlier than half-time, his assured lob taking him to 20 within the league for the second marketing campaign in a row. Not since Luis Suarez in 2014 has a Liverpool participant managed that specific feat.
Liverpool had two gamers on 20 or extra that season, and so they can boast the identical this time round too as Mane headed dwelling his second of the evening from a Jordan Henderson cross on 66 minutes. He ought to have had one other quickly after, too, solely this time he headed in opposition to the put up from shut vary.
That would show pricey within the race for the Golden Boot, as Salah regained high spot quickly after, changing one other Andy Robertson help in entrance of the Kop. The Scot now has 11 league assists for the season, tying a Premier League report for a defender. If there’s a greater left again round proper now, he is nicely hidden.
For Liverpool, the simplicity of this win was outstanding. They didn’t even play significantly nicely within the first half, however they walked via the night. They received 5 and will have had extra. With a Champions League journey to Barcelona on the horizon, it was the proper situation. They may handle their health, in-game.
Klopp left Roberto Firmino, his third attacking musketeer, out of this one, the Brazilian having complained of a muscle damage after coaching on Thursday. Firmino’s absence afforded Daniel Sturridge a uncommon – and maybe farewell? – Anfield look. He could not mark it with a objective.
They have been in a position, too, to provide Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain his first aggressive minutes because the knee damage he suffered in opposition to Roma, a 12 months and two days in the past. The England midfielder received the loudest cheer of the evening as he changed Sturridge for the final 17 minutes. Had Jonas Lossl not been in party-pooping mode, he would have marked his return with a objective, too.
Huddersfield arrived having taken simply 4 factors of the final 69 accessible. Their plan, you believe you studied, was to remain compact, to frustrate, to maintain it tight and see the place it took them.
You’ll be able to think about the shouts as Jan Siewert’s males left the dressing room.
“First 10, eh? Nothing foolish.”
In equity, they held out for the primary 10.
However then Jon Gorenc Stankovic tried a lazy go throughout his personal field and located Salah. Not advisable.
Article continues under
Salah discovered Naby Keita who, through the within of the far put up, discovered the web. Timed at 15 seconds, it was the quickest objective Liverpool have scored within the Premier League, the second-fastest within the membership’s historical past. Solely Paul Walsh, who discovered the web after simply 14 seconds in opposition to West Ham in August 1984, can higher it.
Sport over? It actually felt that manner, though Huddersfield did not less than rally after the setback. Nicely, they compelled a number of corners. Liverpool, in second gear at greatest, buried them by half-time, and cruised via the second interval.
Focus will now flip to Sunday, and Manchester Metropolis’s journey to Burnley. Liverpool have executed all they’ll do for an additional week. Their lethal duo have them high of the league, and are preventing it out amongst themselves for the non-public prize.