“World-class” Mo Salah lauded for wondergoal vs. Chelsea as Liverpool vow to “fight until the end”

15 April 2019

Mohamed Salah was singled out for praise as Liverpool players took to social media to share their delight at clinching three points against Chelsea on Sunday.


The Reds continued their winning ways with a scintillating victory over the Blues at Anfield, a result which moves Jurgen Klopp’s side back to the top of the Premier League table with four games remaining.

While Liverpool had initially struggled to find their range in front of goal in the first half, there was no such concern early in the second as two goals in three minutes put the result beyond doubt.

The goals arrived courtesy of a Sadio Mane header, his 21st of the season, and a thunderbolt of a strike from Mohamed Salah, both of which caused Anfield to erupt as they paved the way for the 26th win of the campaign.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 14, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates his side's first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And it was a performance which “delighted” Jordan Henderson, as the skipper reflected on the result and his role in lead up to the opening goal when speaking to LFCTV after the game:

“It was a brilliant day overall, two great goals, a clean sheet and a top performance really—so overall we are delighted.

“But we can’t think about [the result] too much because we’ve got a game in a few days so we’ve got to recover well and concentrate on that.

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“I can remember, I think, someone was tackled and I was thinking of counter-pressing in the box to win it back quickly and managed to get there first.

“And then when I was at the byline I managed to dink it to the back stick where Sadio was waiting, thankfully.

“That was an important goal, but then the second one was an amazing strike by Mo so I’m delighted for him as well.

“[Salah’s] obviously got that in his locker, but to be fair when he’s come inside and it sat up nicely I thought he was going to hit it.

“It was a top strike that put us at 2-0 and that gave us the control we needed really, and we could’ve gone on to score one or two more.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 14, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates his side's first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Similarly, Trent Alexander-Arnold, heaped praise on Liverpool’s Egyptian winger and commended his side’s show of “patience” in the immediate aftermath of the victory:

“We showed that we’re a really good side and we’ll be patient.

“I think maybe that was the difference today as maybe a few weeks ago we would have got a bit frustrated and moved a bit too forward in the first half and left ourselves vulnerable.

“But we took our time and we closed them out and never gave them too many chances, and in the second half we came out all guns blazing and finished them off.

“[Salah’s goal was] unbelievable! It changed direction a few times and it seemed like it went in slow motion.

“It’s good to see him back amongst the goals and overcoming that so-called ‘goal drought’ that everyone said he’s in, but he showed again why he’s a world-class player.

“I think people are maybe expecting a little bit too much from him this season, it’s a little bit unfair with the standards he’s probably set himself from last season.

“But he’s in and amongst the leading assists and goals so he’s showing week in and week out that’s he’s a world-class player and game-winner for us.”

Taking to Instagram after the game, Henderson and Dejan Lovren both looked to shine the spotlight on the “yoga man” after an inspired performance helped the Reds seal all three points:

Gini Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk, on the other hand paid tribute to the “amazing” Anfield faithful on what James Milner described as a “special day” for the club:

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A special day ??? #hititabithardermo ? #JFT96 #YNWA

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Meanwhile, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson all celebrated the “massive win” whilst insisting they will “fight until the end” as the race to the title continues:

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The race goes on… ? #YNWA

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massive win boys ?? Well done ???? #YnwA??

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Big 3 points today, we keep fighting ?#YNWA

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Liverpool’s win over Chelsea comes as yet another boost to the team’s title credentials as Klopp’s chargers again ensured questions continue to be asked of Man City.

However, focus will now temporarily shift to the Champions League as a trip to Porto awaits on Wednesday, where Liverpool hold a two-goal advantage in the quarter-final tie.

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