Mo Salah ‘finishes Lisandro Martinez’ career’ as Liverpool run riot
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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah twisted and turned Lisandro Martinez inside out for the Reds’ third goal in their demolishing of Manchester United on Sunday. The Egyptian’s give-and-go with Cody Gakpo ensured that the Dutchman got his second goal of the game to send Anfield into raptures.
The cheeky finish came after Salah had gotten one-versus-one against the Argentine and had left him on the floor before finding Gakpo in space to score.
Then to make matters worse for the visiting side, Salah got on the end of a loose ball and struck a fourth goal past David De Gea with a powerful effort that the Spaniard had little chance of stopping.
The in-form United side were shellshocked after Gakpo had put Liverpool into the lead during the first half after an exceptional pass by Andrew Robertson, then Darwin Nunez doubled the lead shortly after half-time.
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Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher revelled in the third goal as he claimed Salah left Martinez “for dead” in the buildup to the goal. “That is absolutely devastating from one end of the pitch to another,” Carragher said on commentary for Sky Sports.
“Gakpo, since he’s come into this team he’s got a real composure in possession and then Mo Salah against Martinez, he just leaves him for dead, all ends up. That is absolute quality from Cody Gakpo in the finish, the confidence to dink a world-class goalkeeper like de Gea. I think that is goodnight Manchester United here.”
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Gary Neville, on commentary with Carragher, added: “These Manchester United players, they’ve earned a lot of plaudits over the last few weeks and rightly so. For 42, 43 minutes here I thought the performance was really good but I did say it was the ultimate test, and it can all fall apart around you and it has done.
“That back four have made mistakes for those three goals, they’ve all been involved in it, and the game’s run away from them in five minutes.”
Nunez then got a second header of the game as his brace saw Liverpool claim their fifth goal in a sensational performance that will bolster their hopes of finishing in the top four and turning their season around.
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