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Salah shines with goal and assist as Liverpool demolish Crystal Palace

Reuters , Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Jun 2020
Liverpool's Sadio Mane, right, celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with Mo Salah during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 AFP

Egypt's Mohamed Salah scored his 17th Premier League goal as Liverpool moved a step closer to the title with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday that moved them within two points of securing the championship.

Salah also created another goal, leaving his mark on his first appearance after the Premier League was resumed earlier this month, having sat out the 0-0 draw with Everton on Sunday. 

Juergen Klopp’s side could be crowned champions on Thursday if second-placed Manchester City fail to win at Chelsea.

Should Pep Guardiola’s side win at Stamford Bridge it would mean Liverpool could finish the job with a win in their next game, against defending champions City, on July 2.

After the Liverpool anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was played in front of the empty stadium, Roy Hodgson’s Palace suffered an early blow when Wilfried Zaha limped off injured in the 15th minute.

Trent Alexander-Arnold fired Liverpool ahead in the 23rd minute with a perfectly-executed curling free kick.

Mohamed Salah doubled the advantage, a minute before the interval, chesting down a cross-field pass from Fabinho before skipping goalwards and slotting home.

Brazilian Fabinho made it 3-0 with a thundering drive from 25 metres out before Sadio Mane added the fourth, finishing off a classic break from Liverpool’s front three.

Liverpool have 86 points from 31 games with City 23 points behind ahead of their trip to Chelsea.

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