Sadio Mane scored a brace and Mohammed Salah continued his rise to form with a goal and two assists as Liverpool cruised to 4 – 1 victory against Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday.


After critics suggested that Salah is a one season wonder and that he will not be able to cope with his goal drought, the Egyptian king has been on the rise again after netting four games in his last three games including one on Saturday. It took him 10 minutes to open the scoring for Liverpool as he latched on to a ball inside the box after Mane’s shot was saved and buried it into the net. Liverpool enjoyed 86% of the procession and had 12 shots on target in a commanding first-half display from the Reds, but the only surprise was that they were unable to net another goal in the first half.

It took the Reds 66 minutes to double their lead in the form of Senegalese winger Sadio Mane. Mane wriggled through a couple of challenges before unleashing a powerful shot into the corner with his left foot. Mane had a good start to the season before going into a somewhat dry goalscoring spell until Saturday. The winger is often the most underrated player among the much talked about front three but his contribution to the Reds is equally as important to them as the contributions of Firmino and Salah and this year he hopes that he will get the recognition he deserves.

In the 77th minute, Cardiff set up a potentially nervy finish to the game when Cullum Paterson scored after a deflection from Van Dijk fell for him kindly in front of goal and made no mistake in putting it at the back of the net. But it was only a matter of time that Liverpool extended the lead with Shaqiri scoring his first goal at Anfield for the Reds. That came after a slick move by the Reds with Salah setting up Shaqiri who netted with a classy finish into the bottom corner. But the best goal of the game in the dying minutes when a superb move that started with a tackle with Fabinho and ended with a world-class finish by Sadio Mane as he chipped the rushing keeper with ease after Salah played a brilliant ball through the middle that set up the goal. They looked in fine form a week before they play Arsenal in the Premier League, a team that had an unbeaten run of 11 games coming into this week’s fixtures. Liverpool must be no short of their best to get the job done against a quality Arsenal side.

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