Mohamed Salah showed no signs of slowing down as he continued in his rich vein of form this season with yet another goal, his 29th in the current campaign, as Liverpool survived a determined Crystal Palace Saturday afternoon at the Selhurst Park, to win 2-1.
Salah showed no signs of jet lag or fatigue after a hectic run for the Pharaohs of Egypt in two friendlies against Portugal and Greece in the last international break as he rose to score the winner for the Reds in a match they were completely dominated, especially in the first period of a very tense encounter.
Roy Hodgson’s men had drawn the first blood when they led as early as the 19th minute through a penalty scored by Luna Milivojecic to spark a hitherto tepid encounter into life. But Liverpool, even with a complement of their best legs just could not break down Palace’s resilience as they aimed for their first win in six games.
But Sadio Mane’s 49th minute equalizer was all was needed for the Reds to regain confidence as they went for the winner even as Christian Benteke, a former Liverpool forward, was frittering away gilt-edge chances that could have settled the game’s outcome.
Well, the initiative of putting away good scoring chances will later fall to the irrepressible Salah who had been on the prowl all match long as he finally got his chance in the 84th minute to pounce and deliver the game , once again for the Reds. The win takes them to second place, pending the outcome of Manchester United/ Swansea game later.
The loss further threatens Palace’s Premier League future as they are just two points above the relegation zone.