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Business as usual for Liverpool & Salah

Played against a tough team: Mo Salah

By Agencies in London
  • Published 15.12.19, 2:18 AM
  • Updated 15.12.19, 2:18 AM
  • a min read
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield stadium on December 14 AP

Liverpool moved 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League after beating Watford 2-0 on Saturday, while second-placed Leicester City were held 1-1 at home by lowly Norwich City, ending the Foxes’ eight-match winning run.

Chelsea’s poor run of domestic form continued with a shock 1-0 home defeat to struggling Bournemouth, while recently promoted Sheffield United moved up to fifth with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

With third-placed Manchester City 17 points behind Liverpool ahead of their trip to Arsenal on Sunday, Juergen Klopp’s side are in a commanding position heading into a busy period of fixtures. The leaders had Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to thank for their latest victory.

Liverpool took the lead with a characteristic counter-attack in the 38th minute — Sadio Mane collected the ball on the left and found Salah, who burst goalward before cutting in and curling a shot home with his right foot.

Liverpool had to wait until stoppage time to make sure of the victory thanks to a superb back-heeled flick.

“We played a tough team today — the way they played, they should not be where they are in the table,” Salah said. “We have experience in playing out games, I think sometimes crowd gets nervous.”

It was far from classic Liverpool, but Klopp was pleased with the way his team had ground out the win.

“That’s how it is. At 1-0, that’s the result you never can rely on. No problem with that,” said the German.