Egypt's Mo Salah scores, provides two assists as Liverpool crush Cardiff

Ahram Online, Reuters , Saturday 27 Oct 2018

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring their third goal with Mohamed Salah and Alberto Moreno Action Images (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Mohamed Salah, having rediscovered his scoring touch lately, scored and provided two assists to help Liverpool to a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The 26-year-old netted for the third consecutive game in all competitions, opening the scoring against Cardiff after 10 minutes with a fine finish from a tight angle after a shot was deflected into his path.

In the second half, he dished out two assists in quick succession, feeding substitute Xherdan Shaqiri for the third in the 84th minute before releasing Sadio Mane with a deft through ball for a fourth goal three minutes later.

Senegalese forward Mane scored twice as Liverpool continued their impressive start to the season.

Salah ended any suggestion he was suffering a 'goal drought' when he converted from close range after Mane's shot was parried in the ninth minute -- his fourth goal in three matches.

Liverpool enjoyed 86 percent possession and had 12 shots in a commanding first half, the only surprise being that Juergen Klopp's side did not add a second goal before the break.

It took until the 66th minute for Liverpool to add a second, with Mane wriggling through a couple of challenges before unleashing a fierce drive into the corner with his left foot.

Cardiff City set up a potentially nervy finish when Callum Paterson scored in the 77th minute, but Xherdan Shaqiri and Mane put the game to bed with late efforts.

Liverpool, still unbeaten and winners of eight of their 10 matches, have 26 points -- three clear of champions Manchester City who will reclaim top spot if they beat Tottenham Hotspur on Monday evening.

Neil Warnock's Cardiff side remain 17th with just five points from their opening 10 matches. 

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