FC Liverpool continue their race at the top of the English championship after their victory against Watford on Saturday 14 December (2-0). A match in which the Egyptian Mohamed Salah scored two magnificent goals. Who can stop these Reds?
49 out of 51 possible: that's the impressive total of points scored by Liverpool since the start of the season. If, in the Champions League , the men of Jürgen Klopp had to fight until the end to qualify for the knockout stages, in the Premier League, they are almost perfect. Since the opening of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, only Manchester United has resisted the tornado (1-1 at Old Trafford on October 20).
Two " Pharaoh " lightning bolts made the difference
This Saturday, December 14, Liverpool gleaned its 16th victory and 17 league days. Their victim of the day: Watford, at Anfield stadium (2-0). The Reds did not have a great game against the Hornets, however. They were even jostled by their opponents. But not enough to waver.
In the 38th minute, Mohamed Salah, launched by the Senegalese Sadio Mané , opened the scoring with class. The Egyptian refocused against the control cages behind the leg before wrapping a superb strike with the right foot. A height for him, the left-hander. " I exercise my right foot!" I was lucky, "he told British broadcaster BT Sport.
Video arbitration prevented Liverpool from making the break at the start of the second half, for an offside of a few millimeters by Sadio Mané. But the technology found nothing to complain about as regards the second goal of Mohamed Salah at the end of the meeting. While the missed shot by Divock Origi fled the frame, the Egyptian deviated from the trajectory of a subtle and effective heel (90th). Watford could not do anything in front of this audacity. The Liverpool players appreciated the technique as much as the result.
Leicester loses ground
Since January 3, 2019 and a match at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City (2-1), FC Liverpool has not lost in the league. Despite a fine run by the Reds, the title remained in the hands of Cityzens just as impressive last season. As we reach the middle of the 2019-2020 season, the Mersey club is this time clearly ahead.
With 49 points scored in 17 games, Liverpool has an indisputable rhythm of champion. The absolute record of 100 points, entered by Manchester City in 2017-2018, is threatened. In the LFC, we have known enough disappointments since 1990 (the year of the last title of champion of England) to declare victory too quickly. Jürgen Klopp, the coach who has just extended his contract until 2024, is there to make sure that no one already believes himself sacred.
But not all calls for measurement can conceal the mathematical reality: Liverpool is launched like a rocket and competition is weakening. Manchester City (3rd with 32 points) lost big on the 16th day with this defeat at home against the rival Manchester United (2-1) and will have to react Sunday, December 15 on the ground of Arsenal. And on Saturday, Leicester dropped points. While Liverpool beat the Watford lantern and brought their total points to 49, the Foxes conceded a draw against the penultimate Norwich (1-1). Leicester remains 2nd in the standings but has only 39 points, 10 behind the leader. A leader he will be very difficult to dislodge as he impresses.