(Football News) Mohamed Salah put aside the intense speculation surrounding his future by adding another goal to his tally for Liverpool during their commanding 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. This marked the third consecutive Premier League win for Jürgen Klopp’s team on Sunday.
Salah, who had been the subject of a reported 150 million pound bid from Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia on Friday, calmly slotted in a goal in the 55th minute, sealing the scoreline at Anfield. Liverpool’s triumph came on the heels of recent successes against Bournemouth and Newcastle.
Dominik Szoboszlai opened the scoring with a strike in the third minute, while Villa’s Matty Cash inadvertently redirected the ball into his own net in the 22nd minute, following a shot by Darwin Núñez that hit the post. Liverpool remained unbeaten with 10 points from four games as they headed into the international break. When the Premier League resumes in two weeks, Liverpool supporters will be anxiously hoping that Salah remains with the club.
With the transfer window still open for Saudi clubs until Thursday, there is the possibility of Al-Ittihad returning with an even higher bid for Salah, the Egyptian superstar who stands as the world’s most prominent Arabic player. Liverpool has consistently asserted that the 31-year-old forward is not available for transfer, but their determination could face a significant test.
Salah has contributed two goals this season, and Liverpool’s offensive prowess is evident, with seven goals in their last three matches. On Sunday, they consistently exploited Villa’s high defensive line, which had also been exposed in their 5-1 defeat in the opening round against Newcastle.
However, Liverpool faced a setback as Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off with a leg muscle injury in the 71st minute. This injury may lead to his withdrawal from the England squad for upcoming matches against Ukraine and Scotland. Alexander-Arnold, who captained the team in the absence of the suspended Virgil van Dijk, delivered the corner from the right that found Szoboszlai, who struck the ball with his left foot into the bottom corner. This goal marked the Hungary captain’s first since joining Liverpool from Leipzig in the offseason.
Cash netted two goals for Villa against Burnley in the previous weekend, and he replicated his scoring form in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying mid-week. However, this time, he unfortunately redirected the ball into his own net after Núñez seized on a pass from Salah and hit the post. In another near-miss for Liverpool, Joel Matip missed the target from close range with a header, and Nunez struck the crossbar with a delicate chip over goalkeeper Emi Martinez, indicating Liverpool’s continued threat in search of more goals.
Nunez, who earned a starting position after scoring twice as a substitute in the previous weekend’s match against Newcastle, came close to scoring with a volley from Salah’s cross but narrowly missed. The duo of Nunez and Salah then combined for Liverpool’s third goal, with Núñez nodding a glance at Andrew Robertson’s corner, and Salah was positioned at the back post to calmly tap it into the net.