Mohamed Salah’s impressive recent run of goalscoring form continued as Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with a surprisingly anxious 4-1 victory over Cardiff at Anfield on Saturday.
Neil Warnock, manager of the newly-promoted Welsh club, had claimed before the game that it was “virtually impossible” for his team to win at Anfield.
Two second-half goals from Sadio Mane, his sixth and seventh of the season, ultimately made sure that prediction came true but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp endured an anxious finale after Cardiff pulled a goal back in the 77th minute — the first league goal Liverpool have conceded at home in 918 minutes, a run dating back to a win over West Ham in February.
Cardiff’s goal came after Junior Hoilett’s cross was deflected off Virgil van Dijk and Callum Paterson diverted the ball past Alisson, who failed to react in time, to make it 2-1.
There followed seven nerve-testing minutes before substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scored an important third goal, receiving a cross from Salah and moving the ball past two defenders before finishing from 12 yards.
And after 86 minutes, the scoreline was given a flattering look when Mane and Salah exchanged passes around the halfway line and the former advanced before lifting the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.