Salah Nets Brace off the Bench at Stoke

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Red-hot Mohamed Salah stepped off the bench to help Liverpool claim a 3-0 victory over struggling Stoke on Wednesday night.


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Jurgen Klopp's side were on the front foot early on when Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 17th minute, but it was left to Salah to finish the Potters off as he bagged a second-half brace to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches.

Match Report

The Reds broke the deadlock with their first chance on 17 minutes as Dominic Solanke managed to keep the ball in play from Joe Gomez's cross and he set up Mane to slot home from six yards out.

Solanke then had an opportunity to score himself after being found in space inside the area, but he forced a good save out of Lee Grant.

A huge decision from the referee just before half-time could have changed the complex of the game as Simon Mignolet raced off his line to bring down Mame Biram Diouf just outside the box. But the keeper was only booked instead of being sent off, despite denying the hosts a clear goalscoring chance.

The woodwork would come to the Potters rescue soon afterwards when Mane beat the offside trap but not the post, while former Red Joe Allen squandered two opportunities to level the scores after the restart.

Klopp turned to Salah with 23 minutes left on the clock, and the Egyptian star didn't disappoint as he netted with a sweet volley at the far post from Mane's cross on the right in the 77th minute.

Salah showed his determination and pace six minutes later as he pounced on a weak back-pass from Erik Pieters to stroke the ball into the back of the net from inside the box to seal all three points.

Breakdown

Stoke City 0 Liverpool 3
Mane opens scoring early on
Mignolet lucky not to see red
Salah volleys home Reds' second
Egyptian completes his brace

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