Premier League: Mohamed Salah, who has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, scored twice in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp hails ‘world class’ Mohamed Salah after Liverpool star reaches club milestone (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Liverpool defeated West Ham United 3-1 in their Premier League meeting on Sunday
  • Mo Salah became the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 20-plus goals in 4 straight seasons
  • Salah scored twice as Liverpool moved to the 3rd spot, 4 points behind leaders Manchester City

Mohammed Salah returned to scoring ways as Liverpool thrashed West Ham United 3-1 at the London Stadium in their Premier League meeting on Sunday. Salah scored twice, which included a chip past the keeper in a stunning counter-attack, as he ended his scoring drought in the league.

Mohamed Salah ended a run of 6 Premier League games without a goal as he scored for the first time since December 19 in the league. Salah opened the scoring in Sunday’s big-ticket clash and doubled Liverpool’s lead 11 minutes later. Georgio Wijnaldum made it 3-0 in the 84th minute before Craig Dawson pulled one back for West Ham in the 87th minute.

Salah seems to be returning to peak form and manager Jurgen Klopp is not surprised by the Egyptian’s record-equalling feat in English football. Salah became the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1987 to score at least 20 goals in all competitions in 4 successive seasons. Rush had scored 20-plus goals for the Premier League giants between 1981 and 1987.

“I am not surprised. I work on a daily basis together with him (Salah) and he’ll never stop having a massive desire for scoring goals,” Klopp said.

‘Thought he didn’t force it’

There had been questions around Liverpool’s striking form as the defending champions endured a poor run in January. However, the Reds are back to winning ways with back-to-back victories over Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham. Liverpool are at the 3rd spot with 40 points, 4 less than leaders Manchester City.

Klopp said Salah had been working hard and that he had no doubts that the world-class player would return to peak form sooner than later.

“He is a world-class player, there’s no doubt about that. How I said in the last few weeks when we didn’t score that many, the only thing you can do is try and try and try again. You have to make good decisions, or better decisions,” Klopp said.

“Tonight he didn’t force it. The first goal was a smart goal and in the last few weeks he probably would have tried to shoot through the legs, but this was really keeping the overview and chipping the ball into the far corner. Top-class goal.”



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