Salah scores 19th Premier League goal as Liverpool end long wait for Anfield win

Reuters , Ahram Online , Saturday 10 Apr 2021

Mohamed Salah moves level with Harry Kane on top of the Premier League's scoring chart

Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield in Liverpool (AFP)

Mohamed Salah scored his 19th Premier League goal and Trent Alexander-Arnold struck in stoppage time as Liverpool earned a 2-1 win over Aston Villa to end their six-match losing run at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

Alexander-Arnold collected a poorly cleared ball just inside the area and curled a shot into the bottom corner, clinching a victory that moved Liverpool level on points with West Ham _ the team which occupied the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot coming into the weekend.

England manager Gareth Southgate, who dropped Alexander-Arnold from the most recent national-team squad, was at a virtually empty Anfield to see the goal.

Mohamed Salah's 57th-minute equalizer from close range, which canceled out the opening goal from Ollie Watkins, was Liverpool's first goal in open play at Anfield in 2021.

He popped up at the far post to head into an empty net after the keeper pushed a shot from Andrew Robertson into his path. Salah moved level with Tottenham's Harry Kane on top of the Premier League's scoring chart. 

The Reds went 68 home league matches unbeaten before a defeat to Burnley in January precipitated their improbable losing run that later encompassed Brighton, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Fulham.

There was a two-minute silence before the game to honor Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Friday at the age of 99. Players wore black armbands and flags at the stadium were lowered to half-staff.

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