Mohamed Salah has delivered a strong message to fans following a huge victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Liverpool returned to the top of the pile following a narrow 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds opened their scoring through their number 9 Roberto Firmino in the 16th minute and had control during the remaining part of the first half to take the lead into the second half.
The visitors started the second half on a stronger note and deservingly equalized through their forward Lucas Moura twenty five minutes into the second half. When Jurgen Klopp’s men were pushing for the victory, Spurs broke in a counterattack through their midfielder Moussa Sissoko. Virgil Van Dijk was backpedaling and never allowed the Frenchman to strike the ball with enough conviction to see the ball fly over the crossbar.
However, they decided to sit back during the dying seconds of the game and invited the pressure from Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was cleared away, but Andy Robertson came as a helping hand and passed the ball to his fellow teammate once again. The Reds academy product produced an excellent delivery to find Mohamed Salah inside the six-yard box.
The Egyptian’s header was straight at the Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but the visitor’s goalkeeper spilled the ball which came off Toby Alderweireld who had very little time to react. It ended up as the Belgian International’s mistake, but the world cup winner was poor in that aspect by committing a howler in the injury time.
Even though Mohamed Salah will not be able to claim the goal, his contribution by heading the ball inside a danger area proved pivotal in finding the winner. He posted a photo on social media and the caption read “Getting closer… So believe harder” which made fans praise his mentality despite going through a rough patch by not finding the back of the net in the last eight games.
Getting closer… So believe harder 🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/ZLEuK0HGjM
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) April 1, 2019
In the post-match press conference, Egyptian International was ecstatic about finding a way to secure all three points on Sunday.
“It’s a big difference, especially if you see the fans after the game – it was crazy,” he told Sky Sports when asked about the impact of late wins.
“They just really want to win the Premier League and we’ll do everything to make that happen. They help us a lot during the game, the atmosphere and they push you hard to create chances and play better.
“Big teams always find a way to get the points. Maybe in the second half we didn’t play at the top of our game but we won the game and that’s the most important thing. That’s a big team – you always have to find a way to win and that’s what we did.”
The 26-year-old also shrugged off any debate over whether he should be accredited with the strike, which has gone down as an Alderweireld own goal, as irrelevant.
“The three points are the most important thing – if they give the goal to me is not very important, I don’t care if not. I didn’t score for a couple of games, OK. I just play and I want to win the Premier League, that’s the most important thing for me.”
“Each game is tough now, there is more pressure. You just keep yourself in the race and you just need to win,” he added. “Southampton want points, they want to stay in the Premier League, so they’ll fight for their life also. We have to win each game.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted..
Mohamed Salah promised Liverpool will continue to give everything in their pursuit of the Premier League title after another dramatic victory.
“It’s a big difference, especially if you see the fans after the game – it was crazy.”https://t.co/WEMnxk1HO2
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) March 31, 2019
GOOOAALL!! Salah’s header is saved but the ball is turned behind by Alderweireld! Anfield erupts!!
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 31, 2019
NEW: Mohamed Salah gives his honest view on goal drought and criticism of Liverpool form https://t.co/ZimA5J3zFq
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 1, 2019
Mohamed Salah: “There are players with the same number of goals as me and they’re having their best seasons, and I’m supposed to be having a bad season. I want to win the Premier League; that’s the most important.” pic.twitter.com/Vh8zHE9Vqp
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 1, 2019
Liverpool will travel to Southampton in a Premier League fixture against Ralph Hussenhuttl’s side as they prepare to battle out for the Premier League title with Manchester City.