Premier League: Mohamed Salah brace leads Liverpool to 3-0 win over Brentford at Anfield

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent winning record at Anfield this season with a 3-0 victory over Brentford on Sunday, their sixth successive Premier League win at home.

 

Salah – who now has 200 goals in English football with Liverpool and Chelsea – became the first player in history to score in each of Liverpool’s first six home league games of a season as Juergen Klopp’s side climbed over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal into second in the table on 27 points after 12 games.

Brentford, who saw their three-match winning run end, are 10th on 16 points.

Darwin Nunez had two first-half efforts disallowed for offside as the sense of an impending goal grew. Talisman Salah finally broke the deadlock in the 39th minute after Trent Alexander-Arnold drilled a pass to Nunez who slipped it to Salah behind Brentford’s defence for a left-footed finish into the far corner.

The 31-year-old Salah headed in his second at the back post in the 62nd minute after Kostas Tsimikas slid to keep the ball in play on the byline. Diogo Jota scored in the 74th when he cut inside and bent the ball inside the far corner past keeper Mark Flekken.

13 in a row

Aston Villa cruised to a 3-1 win over Fulham thanks to an own goal by Antonee Robinson and strikes from John McGinn and Ollie Watkins, matching the club’s 40-year-old record of 13 home league victories in a row.

Villa Park is a fortress under Unai Emery and his side, with Villa netting at least three goals in every match at their stadium.

Villa took the lead in the 27th minute when Youri Tielemans snapped up a ball down the left wing and fired it across the goal, where Fulham defender Robinson turned it into his own net.

Villa captain McGinn netted the second goal three minutes before the break, picking up the ball outside the box and advancing before banging a low drive into the bottom corner.

Fulham were strong after the break and Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez got a fingertip to the ball to steer a low shot from Raul Jimenez onto the far post, and Willian almost pulled a goal back with a low drive that flew just wide.

Instead, Watkins added the third with a close-range finish in the 64th minute as Villa again sliced open the visiting defence.

Fulham striker Jimenez then netted his first league goal since March 2022 to reduce the deficit but the away side came no closer, and Watkins should have made it 4-1 but somehow steered a late close-range header wide with the goal at his mercy.

Brighton were held to a 1-1 home draw by Sheffield United after going down to 10 men in the second half when midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud received a red card.

Simon Adingra got Brighton off to a flying start in the sixth minute when the winger cut in from the left flank and dribbled past five defenders while playing a one-two pass with Facundo Buonanotte before he slipped the ball past the keeper.

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