Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in Liverpool’s clash with Newcastle to go level with Harry Kane on 24 Premier League goals so far this season.
The Egyptian broke the deadlock in the 40th minute as he slotted home calmly after being played in by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left-hand side of the penalty area.
It marked a timely breakthrough for the Reds having endured a frustrating first half courtesy of Newcastle’s well-executed deep defensive setup.
A Rafael Benitez tactical plan had been working effectively until Oxlade-Chamberlain launched a bursting run into the Magpies’ half before feeding eventual scorer Salah.
Liverpool’s £36.9million summer signing continued his prolific form, notching his 32nd goal across all competitions to match Newcastle’s overall tally this season.
Jurgen Klopp had Loris Karius to thank for preserving the hosts’ lead heading into the break, with the goalkeeper pulling off a stunning save to deny Mohamed Diame.
Salah’s seventh goal in his last seven games mean he, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have now combined for 67 of Liverpool’s goals this season.
Here’s a look at the forward’s latest…
Liverpool lead Newcastle 1-0 at half-time and it’s that man again…🇪🇬👑
— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) March 3, 2018