Mohamed Salah’s Brace Seals Liverpool’s Dominance in the 243rd Merseyside Derby

Liverpool faced off Everton in the 243rd Merseyside derby at Anfield with Mohamed Salah’s brace sending the Reds top of the Premier League Table.

Calvert Lewis could have given Everton the lead earlier in the first half with a clever header that was saved by the Liverpool stopper Alisson Becker.

Everton’s hopes took a significant blow in the 37th minute when Ashley Young received his second yellow card for a foul on Luis Diaz, reducing them to 10 men.

The first half concluded without any goals, and both teams had only managed one shot on target.

Liverpool took control in the second half, but Everton displayed resilience both in defense and attack. Everton’s coach, Sean Dyche, raised concerns when Ibrahima Konate fouled an Everton player. Dyche believed it should have been a second yellow card for Konate, who was already booked, but the referee, Craig Pawson, only awarded a foul, sparing Konate from an early exit.

Liverpool took the lead in the 75th minute thanks to a lovely finish from the penalty spot by the Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.  

The referee had initially not awarded the penalty to Liverpool for a potential handball by the Everton defender Michael Keane and was requested by the Video Assistant Referee to go and check the VAR, after looking through the clip again Craig Pawson awarded Liverpool a penalty.

Liverpool extended their lead to two goals thanks to a lovely run by Darwin Nunez to set up Salah for the brace.

Mohamed Salah now has 4 assists and 7 goals in 9 Premier League games played in the Current Premier League campaign.

Liverpool currently sit at the top of the Premier League table with 20 points on goal difference having played an extra game in the Premier League.

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