Mohamed Salah hailed for ‘world class’ strike to open scoring for Liverpool just three minutes into Newcastle game as Egyptian star produces silky first touch, swivel and smashed finish in one fluid motion for his 20th Premier League goal of the season
- Mohamed Salah scored a brilliant goal early in Liverpool’s game with Newcastle
- Egyptian striker brought down Sadio Mane’s half-cleared cross with great touch
- He then spun around Matt Ritchie before blasting a shot high into the net
- It was Salah’s 20th Premier League goal of the season and 29th goal overall
- BT pundit Peter Crouch praised Salah for the ‘world class’ touch and finish
Peter Crouch hailed Mohamed Salah’s ‘world class’ finish to give Liverpool the lead in their lunchtime Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.
The Egyptian forward netted his 20th league goal of the season and 29th overall with an outstanding touch to control Sadio Mane’s half-cleared cross, a stunning spin away from Matt Ritchie and a smashed finish high into the net.
The third minute strike made Salah the first Liverpool player to score at least 20 goals in three different Premier League campaigns.
Mohamed Salah slams home an impressive opening goal for Liverpool against Newcastle
The Egyptian star took a brilliant touch to control Sadio Mane’s cross, spun and fired home
And he was praised by former Liverpool striker and BT Sport pundit Crouch: ‘It was great to watch, it came out of nothing.
‘Look how strong Salah is here, holding off the defender and he has that presence of mind. It was such a clinical finish.
‘To have the presence of mind to bring in down was world class.’
His fellow pundit at Anfield Jermaine Jenas said the goal was ‘top drawer’.
The stunning strike just three minutes into the match earned plenty of plaudits from pundits
Salah celebrates with his Liverpool team-mates after firing them into the early lead at Anfield
Salah receives a high-five from strike partner Roberto Firmino after scoring the opener
And BT Sport commentator Steve McManaman was dazzled by the deftness of Salah’s first touch and the way he spun and shot in what appeared to be one fluid motion.
‘What a touch. There’s nothing you can do about it, there’s nothing you can do,’ said the former Liverpool winger.
‘One if the very, very best. It’s good body shape from Mane, it’s just an innocuous cross into the box which is cleared.
‘Look at the first touch here, back inside onto his left foot, away from [Matt] Ritchie. He doesn’t have to move, doesn’t have to break stride. Just a touch and smash.’
Salah was later denied a second goal by a sprawling block by Newcastle keeper Dubravka
But Salah was left frustrated later in an entertaining, end-to-end first-half when he was in the clear only to delay his shot and find the ball smothered by Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka.
And Salah dragged into the side netting in the second-half when Mane again teed him up right in front of goal.
Those missed chances came back to haunt the top four chasers when Joe Willock equalised to earn Newcastle a point in the 95th minute at Anfield.
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