Mohamed Salah scores rocket goal as relentless Liverpool top table with cathartic win over Chelsea

It was magnificent from Mo. Simply, utterly magnificent from Mohamed Salah as he scored another outstanding goal, for the second Premier League in a row, to help return Liverpool to the top of the table.

In defeating Chelsea there was also a sense of catharsis, exorcising the trauma of Steven Gerrard’s slip five years ago that cost Liverpool the last time they were this close to being champions. They even won by the same 2-0 scoreline.

Salah was in Chelsea blue that day, a peripheral player in Jose Mourinho’s second string, but no-one doubts his status now at Liverpool where he is one of the very best forwards in world football.

Maybe there was extra meaning in Salah’s celebration – as he stood on one leg, his left leg bent in the air and placed his hands together in prayer. It looked like a yoga pose, maybe it was religious, but it appeared to have significance to Salah.

His goal was quite brilliant and it doubled Liverpool’s advantage. It came in two minutes of madness – followed by two more minutes of madness, in fact, when Chelsea could amazingly have drawn level.

After a tense, tight, nervy first-half which remained goalless Jurgen Klopp’s side simply tore into Chelsea and went ahead when the excellent Fabinho played the ball into Salah with Jordan Henderson taking over possession inside the opposition penalty area before chipping a superb cross to the far post where it was met by Sadio Mane who planted his header past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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