Liverpool 4-0 Red Star Belgrade: 3 things we learned

Arnold Nichols
October 25, 2018

Sadio Mané started alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino up front as the Reds looked to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat away to Napoli last time around in the Champions League. It's developmental. We were 1-0 and defended in a different space.

Salah, 25, scored an incredible 44 goals in 56 games, including a Premier League record haul of 32 strikes which earned him the Golden Boot within his debut season at Anfield.

Rafinha and Jordi Alba popped with the goals for Barcelona who now have nine points from three games. Star striker Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in each of those matches. In the week, Mourinho backed the Belgian to rediscover his scoring touch soon.

The German said that although his team were not at their best at the weekend they at least demonstrated a solidity that enabled them to prevail thanks to the one cutting move they managed to finish.

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At the same time, London rivals Arsenal will be going for their 11th win in a row in all competitions when they travel to a Crystal Palace side struggling to find the net. Paired together in the last 16 of the 1973/74 European Cup, Red Star prevailed 2-1 in both legs before being eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the next round.

That took Salah to 15 goals in the competition, or in other words more than Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, O Fenômeno, one of the greatest strikers to play the game.

Liverpool continued to push forward, and Firmino drew a decent save from keeper Milan Borjan, but Klopp's mind began to turn to Saturday's clash with Cardiff and he withdrew both Shaqiri, who received a standing ovation, and Salah.

Pep Guardiola's side are so far ahead of the teams in the bottom half of the table that they will hammer the rest out of sight, so Klopp's men can not afford a single mistake against the lesser teams if they are to have any chance of staying in touch with City. Bundesliga and La Liga sides are both now averaging 1.92 points per game, followed by Portugal on 1.67.

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