Monday 19 August 2019

Mohamed Salah comes off the bench to spark Liverpool...here's how Jurgen Klopp's men rated at Stoke

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke

Substitute Mohamed Salah's purple patch continued with two more goals as Liverpool ground out a controversial 3-0 win at Stoke.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was lucky to stay on the pitch with the score at 1-0 after a wild hack at Mame Diouf but referee Martin Atkinson infuriated Potters manager Mark Hughes and his players by only issuing a yellow card.

The official had already angered the hosts with Sadio Mane's opener, with defenders arguing the ball had gone out of play in the build-up, but there was no doubt about Salah's two late strikes which took him to 17 for the season.

Salah now has 12 in the Premier League, two ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane, so it was something of a surprise to see him start on the bench.

It was one of a number of changes by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp who also left out playmaker Philippe Coutinho and captain Jordan Henderson and gave Dominic Solanke his first league start as he switched to a 4-4-2.

The official had already angered the hosts with Sadio Mane's opener, with defenders arguing the ball had gone out of play in the build-up, but there was no doubt about Salah's two late strikes which took him to 17 for the season.

Star man- Sadio Mane:

The Senegal international scored one, should have had at least one more, and provided the assist for Liverpool's important second goal.

Ref watch

Atkinson infuriated Stoke with his decision to only show a yellow card to goalkeeper Mignolet for his wild hack on Diouf on the edge of the penalty area with the score at 1-0.

Data point

Liverpool's victory was their third in succession in the league at Stoke - the first time in their history they have achieved the feat.

Player ratings

Stoke: Lee Grant 5, Mame Biram Diouf 4, Bruno Martins Indi 5, Ryan Shawcross 5, Kurt Zouma 5, Erik Pieters 4, Xherdan Shaqiri 5, Darren Fletcher 6, Joe Allen 5, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 5, Peter Crouch 6. Subs: Charlie Adam (on for Fletcher, 85) 5, Jese (on for Choupo-Moting, 74) 5.

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 5, Joe Gomez 6, Joel Matip 5, Dejan Lovren 6, Alberto Moreno 5, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Georginio Wijnaldum 6, Emre Can 5, Sadio Mane 8, Roberto Firmino 6, Dominic Solanke 8. Subs: James Milner (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 67), Jordan Henderson (on for Mane, 89) 8, Mohamed Salah (on for Solanke, 67) 8.

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