The stats behind Mohamed Salah's 50 Premier League goals

Tanya Simon
January 21, 2019

Palace led thanks to Andros Townsend's first-half goal, but quickfire strikes from Salah and Roberto Firmino turned the game around eight minutes into the second half.

Liverpool equalised seconds after the break when a Virgil van Dijk shot was deflected and fell kindly into the path of Mohamed Salah to manufacture a cool finish. "Milly was most of the time behind his back and the third goal was like this - a chip over Zaha and Milly went in and set up the goal".

James Tomkins headed Palace level but an very bad error by veteran goalkeeper Speroni, tipping James Milner's cross towards his own goal for Salah to score his 50th goal in the Premier League, gave Liverpool a lead that was later added to by Sadio Mane.

Sadio Mane appeared to confirm the win in the 93rd minute, but Palace once again pulled it back to within a goal, as Max Meyler rounded off the scoring.

But Liverpool's threat on the counter was maintained and they made sure of the points in the third minute of added time when Mane cut in from the left wing to beat Speroni. It's Liverpool's second-longest home unbeaten run in league play in club history.

Salah now has 50 goals in his 72 Premier League appearances and is the current top scorer in the league with 16.

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"Crystal Palace, of course, had three goalkeepers and all is fine and then the next moment you stand there with one". "We knew for different reasons the game would be hard".

Liverpool dominated the possession from the start but struggled to fashion any clear chances as Palace kept plenty of men behind the ball - Firmino fired high and wide from range before James Milner's clever through ball to Joel Matip was smothered by Speroni in the early stages of the match.

"Everyone gives me the feeling, Trent as well, that that is absolutely possible but we have to wait and can not risk anything".

Just as they did in the shock win over Man City, Crystal Palace punished Liverpool on the break and the home side required a second half comeback to secure all three points.

Salah himself insisted Liverpool deserved to take all three points, although he conceded allowing Palace to score three goals was far from ideal. That can happen of course, so at half-time it was clear we had to change that - we needed players in the decisive areas, more bodies in the box and all that stuff.

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