Egypt’s Mohamed Salah helped Liverpool go 22 points clear at the top of the English Premier League with two second-half goals in a 4-0 rout of Southampton on Saturday.
With further goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson, it meant that the leaders have collected an astonishing 100 league points from the last 102 available.
Salah who scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season, ensured that Liverpool opened up the biggest lead by any team at the end of a day in English top-flight history.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp says his side are “not even close to being perfect”.
“We’re not even close to being perfect. We just look to use our skills in the best possible way. The boys have done that for a while pretty good and that’s why we have these numbers”.
“We didn’t want a 22-point lead. We wanted 73 points at the end of today,” Klopp said.
The European champions were without the injured Sadio Mane, but Brazilian, Roberto Firmino produced a hat-trick of assists to take his total to 51 in all competitions for the club, while Salah scored twice.
It also meant, Liverpool have won 24 out of 25 league games this season and kept nine clean sheets in 10 games.
With his brace over the Saints’, Salah has now scored more goals at home in this season’s Premier League (12) than any other player.
Trezeguet fires Aston Villa into League Cup final
Egyptian striker scores stoppage time winner in 2-1 win over Leicester City
Egyptian striker Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet scored a stoppage time winner to send Aston Villa into their first League Cup final in 10 years with a 2-1 win over Leicester City.
Another African, Kelechi Iheanacho had levelled for Leicester 18 minutes from time after Matt Target’s early opener put Villa in front.
Nigeria’s Iheanacho led the line for the Foxes and was on for the entire duration. His compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi also featured for 90 minutes.
Tanzania’s Mbwana Samatta made his Villa debut after completing an £8.5 million move from Genk but failed to make an impact for his new club.
Villa eventually got the victory when Egyptian, Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross was met by compatriot, Trezeguet, three minutes into added time.
Trezeguet who was mobbed at the final whistle and had to be taken off the field by Villa security as the home fans celebrated wildly.
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Tunisian suffered quarter final loss to America’s Sofia Kenin in straight set 6-4, 6-4
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur has been knocked out of the ongoing Australian Open by America’s Sofia Kenin in straight set 6-4, 6-4.
The big hitting Tunisian who is ranked 78 in the world, wasted three breakpoint chances in the second set with 36 unforced.
Jabeur threw her racket away in disgust after a series of errors before been broken by Kenin in the seventh game of the second set.
“it feels really good,” Kenin said during her post-match press conference. “I’m super excited for it. I think overall, I played really well. I tried to handle the nerves, obviously nerves coming into this match. I think I did a really good job handling myself.”
Kenin earned a landmark victory after an hour and 32 minutes of play, in what was the first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance for both players, and in the process, improved her head-to-head record against Jabeur to 4-1 with the victory.
“[Jabeur is] a really tough player”.
“I knew she’s going to come out playing strong. She’s had really good matches, good wins. It wasn’t an easy one, it wasn’t an easy battle. All respect to her.”
Jabeur became the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam fourth round and quarterfinal after she knocked out former World No.1, Caroline Wozniacki in the Dane’s last match.
Kenin next faces home favourite and World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, who eliminated 2019 finalist Petra Kvitova in straight sets 7-6,6-2.
Ons Jabeur reaches quarter-finals at Australian Open
Tunisian becomes the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur has progressed to her first Grand Slam quarter-final after seeing off China’s Qiang Wang 7-6, 6-1 at the ongoing Australian Open.
The unseeded Tunisian struck 29 winners to knock out Serena Williams’ conqueror in the intriguing tie. Jabeur was at her best at the Margaret Court Arena as she put yet another powerful display to become the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-final of a Grand Slam.
“(I am) trying to inspire many young generations back home either in Tunisia or the Arabic world, especially in Africa, which is amazing”. “It’s not impossible. I made it.”
Jabeur, who accounted for the early retirement of former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the previous round, referred to herself as a “100% Tunisian product” after turning down several opportunities to train abroad to continue developing her game at home.
“I got a lot of offers to go to college in the U.S. This wasn’t really an option for me,” said Jabeur, who is ranked 78th in the world.
“I wanted to really go pro directly. I knew if I play in college, I cannot play professional tournaments.
“We don’t have much experience in Tunisia. But hopefully now we can see more and more.”
“The first set was tricky little bit because I started good, but then went down little bit, couldn’t win my serve,” Jabeur said.
“Obviously second set was amazing for me. I was really relaxed… I’m happy that I went through.”
She will next face American Sofia Kenin, seeded 14th, after she saw off fast rising compatriot Coco Gauff to qualify for her first Grand Slam quarter-final.
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