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Pitch invader races towards Mohamed Salah and stopped by security after Liverpool victory


Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was confronted by a pitch-invading fan after his side’s comfortable win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon. The Reds scored four goals without reply in a one-sided affair at Anfield to register their second victory in the space of four days after seeing off Porto in midweek.

Liverpool raced out of the blocks to score all of their goals before the hour mark, with Diogo Jota kicking off proceedings after just two minutes.

He doubled his tally midway through the first half before Thiago Alcantara added another shortly afterwards.

Virgil van Dijk went on to score against his former club in the 52nd minute to wrap up a convincing win on home soil.

Salah did not manage to find the back of the net but provided the assist for Jota’s second goal of the match.

The Egyptian maestro has already scored on 17 occasions in all competitions this season and is arguably the world’s best player on current form.

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He is revered by Liverpool’s fanbase and looks set to play a crucial role in their bid for Premier League glory between now and the end of the campaign.

Salah was approached by a supporter after the final whistle blew on Saturday afternoon, with the fan in question entering the field of play in order to get up close.

He managed to make his way over to Salah with his phone in hand, seemingly hoping for a post-match photo with the 29-year-old.

However, the fan was quickly whisked away by security, with Salah looking unbothered by the encounter.

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He is no stranger to dealing with pitch invaders and was targeted in three similar incidents during Egypt’s match against Angola earlier this month.

The Liverpool man was one of the stars of the show against Southampton, dictating his side’s attacking play throughout the encounter despite failing to chip in with a goal of his own.

However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was not entirely satisfied with his team’s performance, insisting that Southampton were gifted too many opportunities for his liking.

“It was comfortable, but the chances they had were too big,” Klopp told BBC Sport after the match.

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“The saves of Alisson [Becker] were too spectacular. That is space to improve. But I understand in a week like that, when you win three games, to keep concentration is a challenge as human beings.

“On the other side we could have scored more if we had been calmer. That is something we have to think about.

“Decision making could be better. The game felt comfortable in the end, but during it I did not feel too comfortable.”

Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their winning form when they travel to Goodison Park for the first Merseyside derby of the campaign against Everton next weekend.





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