Liverpool claimed their first win of the Premier League season by beating Bournemouth 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday, despite being reduced to 10 men after Alexis Mac Allister’s red card.
The Reds went behind early when Antoine Semenyo punished Trent Alexander-Arnold’s errors. But Luis Diaz equalized with a superb volley before Mohamed Salah scored the rebound after having a penalty saved.
Mac Allister was controversially dismissed on his home debut for a challenge on Ryan Christie. However, Liverpool responded well to the setback as Diogo Jota tapped in following Dominik Szoboszlai’s deflected shot to seal the win.
Summer signing Szoboszlai was the standout performer for Liverpool, winning the penalty cleverly and being involved in most attacks. The Hungarian looks an exciting talent and could become a star at Anfield.
Alisson recovered from a poor start, Alexander-Arnold was dreadful early on before improving, while Virgil van Dijk marshalled the defense well after the opener.
Mac Allister struggled in an unfamiliar midfield role and his red card was harsh but mistimed. Jota led the line excellently, scoring and assisting, while Diaz was a game-changer off the bench with his superb equalizer.
The substitutions all put in solid displays, with new signing Wataru Endo making an encouraging debut off the bench.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will be relieved to get off the mark, but must ditch the unsuccessful Gakpo midfield experiment now Endo has arrived. Overall, Liverpool showed character to battle back, with Szoboszlai instrumental in an important victory.
Mo Salah Makes History: Surpasses Gerrard with 187th Goal for Liverpool
Mohamed Salah has etched his name in Liverpool’s history books with his 187th goal against Bournemouth at Anfield. The Egyptian maestro surpassed club legend Steven Gerrard to secure this remarkable feat.
Salah’s thunderous strike against Bournemouth propelled him to fifth place in Liverpool’s all-time scoring charts. His tally of 187 goals is nothing short of staggering and solidifies his status as one of Liverpool’s greatest goal scorers.
This monumental achievement adds another accolade to Salah’s remarkable career at Anfield. The prolific No. 11 achieved this milestone during Liverpool’s second game of the Premier League season against Bournemouth.
By surpassing Steven Gerrard, who made 709 appearances for his boyhood club, Salah now sits as the fifth top scorer in Liverpool’s history. He is just behind Billy Liddell, who occupies the fourth spot with 228 goals.
The game against Bournemouth also saw the debut of surprise new signing Wataru Endo from Japan at Anfield. Liverpool’s dominant performance against the Cherries last season, where they secured a 9-0 victory, further exemplified their prowess.
Salah, a three-time winner of the Premier League Golden Boot (in 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2021-22), will be eager to continue his goal-scoring exploits this season. However, the presence of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, who claimed the Golden Boot last season, poses a formidable challenge.
Surpassing Gerrard is no small feat, as the former captain symbolized Liverpool for many years. Nevertheless, Salah’s star continues to rise, and his achievements are reminiscent of the days of Roger Hunt, who last consistently scored 20 league goals for Liverpool during the 1965/66 season.
Since joining Liverpool in 2017, Salah has woven a tapestry of records that would astonish any footballer. Now, having conquered the marker set by the club’s former captain, Salah’s journey of conquest pushes forward as he seeks to further cement his legacy at Anfield.