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Hat-trick hero Salah sets Liverpool record in thrilling 4-3 win over Leeds

Ahram Online , AP , Saturday 12 Sep 2020
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) shoots to score his team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield (AFP)

Mohamed Salah netted a hat-trick and set a club record to guide Liverpool to a thrilling 4-3 victory over promoted Leeds in their opening Premier League game on Saturday.

The Egyptian forward became the first Liverpool player to score on the opening day for four consecutive seasons, and only the second in the Premier League after former England striker Teddy Sheringham, who achieved the feat from 1992-93 to 1995-96.

He converted two penalties, including a late one, as Liverpool got off their title defence to a winning start.

Leeds came from behind three times as the promoted side _ managed by storied Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa _ took the game to the champions at an empty Anfield.

Just when the visitors looked like claiming a point, new signing Rodrigo _ on as a substitute _ fouled Fabinho in the area and Salah sidefooted home the resulting spot kick.

The Egypt forward opened the scoring in the fourth minute, also from the penalty spot after a handball, to ensure he has netted in the first game of a Premier League for the fourth straight year.

Jack Harrison grabbed Leeds' first equalizer in the 12th minute after controlling a searching ball forward, cutting inside, and firing a low shot past Alisson.

Virgil van Dijk regained the lead for Liverpool with a header from a corner in the 20th, only to fail to cut out a long pass 10 minutes later, allowing Patrick Bamford to slot home a finish.

Salah gave Liverpool a halftime lead with a fierce shot high into the net in the 33rd, but Leeds continued to bravely go toe-to-toe and equalized through Mateusz Klich in the 58th.

Salah had the final say, though, with his second penalty of the game.

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