With his two strikes, Mohamed Salah reached his 200th goal in English football. Liverpool defeated Brentford 3-0 to move up to second place in the Premier League, one point behind leaders Manchester City, before the international break.
The Liverpool forward tied the record held by legendary players Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry with a goal in the first half of the encounter, making it 15 straight Anfield Premier League outings in which he has either scored or assisted on a goal.
After the interval, Kostas Tsimikas just maintained the ball in play, and Salah nodded in for the historic goal. To crown off a victory that lifted spirits, Diogo Jota banged in the Reds’ third from the edge of the box.
With their disheartening recent losses against Toulouse and Luton behind them, Liverpool produced an impressive display, with two goals from Darwin Nunez in the first half disallowed for offside.
With the Anfield advantage providing them with a platform to compete with teams like City and Arsenal at the top of the league and envision another title fight, this was their sixth straight Premier League victory at home this season.
Despite having a better Expected Goals total than Liverpool, Brentford saw their own winning run come to an end. They had their share of dangerous moments, and Alisson made a huge save to keep a one-on-one with Bryan Mbeumo at 0-0, but the much-improved hosts were simply too good in the final third. The table places them in 11th place.