Mohamed Salah was not about to let Liverpool start its congested fixture schedule off on the wrong foot.
Salah scored two great goals in a 2-0 win over Watford, which pushed Liverpool’s lead atop the Premier League to 10 points for the time being.
The Reds will play eight times in 23 days across the league, League Cup, FA Cup and Club World Cup. This is extreme even by English standards, where there’s no winter break like other leagues.
Liverpool is going to have to lean on its depth. On Saturday they leaned on Salah.
He scored the first goal in the 38th minute, with his smooth first touch setting himself up for a right-footed finish:
Salah polished off the result with a clever backheel finish in the 90th minute, after Sadio Mané and Divock Origi contributed in the build-up:
So while Liverpool will be busy these next couple weeks, their opponents will be plenty busy themselves defending Salah and company.
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