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Liverpool 3-0 Stoke City player ratings, stats and reaction: clinical Salah can’t stop scoring for outstanding Reds

Liverpool secured a convincing three points against Stoke City thanks to goals from Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mane.

Salah was the star of the show despite only featuring for 20 minutes after being rested on the bench by Jurgen Klopp.

The scoreline may be unfair to Stoke who remained competitive until Liverpool’s second of the match. Liverpool were just one goal ahead until the 77th minute and Stoke had numerous opportunities to draw level.

It was the introduction of Salah who entered the field on the 67th minute that proved to be the difference. Klopp opted to field the likes of Dominic Solanke in tonight’s fixture to rest key stars but still turned to the Egyptian Salah to seal the three points.

Both of Salah’s goals were more than impressive after a fine volley on the 77th minute was added to by a superb finish just six minutes later from the winger.

Man of the match 

Mohammed Salah was superb and shone above every other player on the pitch despite playing just 20 minutes.

It really does show how important the Egyptian has become for Liverpool when he is able to shine while playing just a fraction of the game.

Combined with his fresh legs and outstanding pace Salah was simply too much to handle for the Stoke defenders who were already tiring before the introduction of the winger.

Flop of the match 

Bruno Martins Indi struggled throughout and was exposed the moment Salah was introduced to the action. The Dutchman picked up a yellow card on the 65th minute and had to tread incredibly carefully during the last 25 minutes of the match to avoid seeing red.

Stat of the match 

Mane’s back…

Player ratings

Liverpool: Mignolet 7, Gomez 6, Matip 6, Lovren 6, Moreno 6, Can, Wijnaldum 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Firmino 6, Mane 8, Solanke 7.

Subs: Milner 7, Salah 9, Henderson n/a.

Reaction

Understandably, lots of love for Salah…

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