Darwin Nunez’s penalty against RB Leipzig prompted a rare moment of generosity from Mo Salah (and gave the Uruguayan plenty of confidence)… but after a crucial kick against Man City, he doesn’t make any doubts the Egyptian will remain Liverpool’s star
- Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 in the Community Shield at King Power
- Mohamed Salah scored a decisive kick to take the lead in the 83rd minute
- His goal was followed by a diving header from Darwin Nunez to make it 3-1
- Nunez has impressed so far – but Salah’s display proves he’s still Liverpool’s star
Mohamed Salah’s ability to surprise Jurgen Klopp took an unexpected turn earlier this month when he showed a rare level of generosity.
In a friendly against RB Leipzig, Liverpool won a penalty and rather than walking and planting the ball on the spot, as is customary for the Egyptian, he handed over the responsibility of taking the kick to Darwin Nunez to give him the chance for a confidence building start.
Nunez obligingly took possession and narrowed his shot. It was the first of four goals in a 5-0 win and the importance of standing out did not escape Salah, who five years earlier had launched his Liverpool career with a scruffy finish in a game Drawn 1-1 at Wigan.
Mohamed Salah showed off his goalscoring skills again with a penalty against Man City
The Reds winger put on a brilliant display as Liverpool won 3-1 to lift the Community Shield
Benevolence, however, goes no further and in the final seven minutes of the season’s curtain-raiser, there was no way Salah would repeat the gesture.
Many wonder if the Community Shield is a “proper” trophy, but there was nothing friendly about this clash between bitter rivals.
That’s why Salah stood over the penalty spot in the 84th minute and adopted the same stance and levels of concentration as when he was in a similar position in the second minute of the League final. champions 2019. Despite all the barbs of the Manchester City players, Salah would not be moved.
Darwin Nunez got off to the perfect start at Liverpool with an important goal off the bench
He backed up deliberately, took that little jump to the side and charged forward, sweeping his penalty into the far corner despite the best efforts of Ederson, who had dived to his right side, to tip the shot in the corner.
How Salah enjoyed it, rushing towards the delighted Liverpool supporters through plumes of red smoke. He knew, almost certainly, that this strike would be good enough to settle the game and give the club their first victory in this game since 2006.
Nunez, introduced as a substitute, would go on to seal victory, securing the instant affection of traveling Liverpool fans, with a header and ensuring he would become the center of the headlines.
The Egyptian delivered a scintillating performance for Liverpool, as sofascore.com shows
Salah’s performance, however, was equally significant this afternoon, not least as it was the first ‘competitive’ game of the campaign and his first major appearance on these shores since signing a contract extension. July 1.
Salah, who won the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards last season, grew slightly heated in the final weeks of the campaign and ended it in tears in Paris as Thibault Courtois showed heroism to end his intention to get revenge on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
What was evident at Leicester, however, was the fact that Salah looked set to start this season like a bullet; twice in the opening four minutes, he had first given Pep Guardiola heart palpitations by pushing Jordan Henderson forward for Luis Diaz and then firing his own shot into the side netting after passing Joao Cancelo.
The Uruguayan star joined Liverpool from Benfica in the summer for a record fee of £85m.
Fittingly, he was involved in the goal that opened the scoring, nudging Trent Alexander-Arnold after being found by the exceptional Thiago Alcantara – Guardiola, no doubt, will have been furious that Salah had had so much time and space. .
City weren’t business as usual when it came to the way he presses and tries to win back possession but, even in top form, they would have had their job cut containing Salah in that form and that performance didn’t go away. just pointing out one thing.
Despite all the remodeling that has been done to Liverpool’s attack, with the departure of Sadio Mane and the arrival of Nunez, the importance of ensuring Salah is on board until 2025 cannot be underestimated. . Salah is a brilliant, world-class team and produces when it counts.
This penalty and assist won’t be recorded in official records, but try to tell anyone that Salah’s efforts on that absorbing afternoon were for naught. He’s ready to go again and City know he’ll push them once again.
#Salahs #performance #Man #City #shows #Egyptian #Liverpools #main #man