Salah dazzles with two goals, assist as Liverpool hammer Leeds 6-0

Ahram Online , AP , Wednesday 23 Feb 2022

Egypt's Mohamed Salah moved ninth in Liverpool's all-time top scorers list after converting two penalties in a 6-0 rout of Leeds United in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

Mohamed Salah
Liverpool s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the third goal of his team during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leeds at the Anfield stadium (AFP)

Salah took his tally to 152 goals in 234 games for Liverpool since joining in the summer of 2017, overtaking late striker Harry Chambers (151 goals). He is also the current Premier League leading scorer with 19 goals. 

Liverpool hasn't been this close to Manchester City since Christmas Day.

The gap is now down to three points in the Premier League title race _ which once looked heavily in favor of City _ after Liverpool demolished Leeds.

Mohamed Salah, naturally, inflicted most of the damage by scoring two goals from the penalty spot and playing a part in two more. Sadio Mane also scored twice.

Liverpool has finally caught up to City in games _ they've both played 26 in the 38-game season _ and nearly on points.

With Liverpool still to visit City's Etihad Stadium on April 10, there's little to choose between the top two _ the last two winners of English football's biggest prize.

At one stage in the middle of January, City held a 13-point lead, though Liverpool always had games in hand and just needed to keep in sight of the defending champions.

On a run of six straight victories, Jurgen Klopp's team has done just that and looks in prime shape heading into Sunday's League Cup final against Chelsea.

Salah's league-high goal total is up to 19 after being gifted two penalty chances by Leeds' frail defense that has now conceded 16 goals in the team's last four games.

Stuart Dallas blocked Andrew Robertson's cross with his hand to give away the first spot kick that was dispatched by Salah in the 15th minute.

Salah slipped in Joel Matip, marauding forward from center back, for the second goal in the 30th and then converted a second penalty five minutes later after Luke Ayling tripped Sadio Mane, who was bearing down on goal.

Mane added two late goals while there was also time for Virgil van Dijk to head home a corner in the third minute of stoppage time.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link: