Liverpool kicked off their title defense with a thrilling 4-3 win over newly-promoted Leeds United as Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick at home.
The victory provided Liverpool with a winning start in the new Premier League season. The match witnessed a very intense start as five goals were struck in the first half.
Salah scored the opening goal of the match, successfully converting a penalty in the fourth minute. In the 12th minute, Jack Harrison of the newly-promoted Leeds United netted a goal to level the scores.
Liverpool again managed to take a lead as Virgil van Dijk scored a goal in the 20th minute. Patrick Bamford then scored an equaliser in the 30th minute but through Salah's sublime form, the Jurgen Klopp-led side took the advantage again in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, Mateusz Klich put the ball in the net for Leeds United in the 66th minute, bringing the scoreline to 3-3. Continuing the scintillating form, Salah again converted a penalty in the 88th minute which sealed the win for Liverpool.
Liverpool will now take on Chelsea on September 20.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick on Match Day 1 of a league season since John Aldridge against Charlton in 1988-89.
Here are a few other interesting stats from the game:
1. Mohamed Salah has scored 50 goals in 63 home games in the Premier League – only Alan Shearer (47 apps) reached 50 home goals in fewer appearances in the competition’s history.
2. Mohamed Salah is the first ever Liverpool player to score on the opening day of four consecutive league seasons; he's only the second to do so in the Premier League for any club, after Teddy Sheringham (1992-93 to 1995-96).
3. Jack Harrison is the first player to score on his Premier League debut for Leeds since Nick Barmby in August 2002 vs Man City, and the first to do so in an away game since Alan Smith in November 1998 – which was also at Anfield against Liverpool.
4. Virgil van Dijk has scored his 10th Premier League goal for Liverpool - more than any other centre back in the competition since his PL debut for the Reds in January 2018. Each of his last nine such goals have been headed.
5. This is only the second-ever Premier League game played on the opening matchday of a season to see five goals scored before half-time, after Man Utd 5-1 Fulham in August 2006.
6. Liverpool has now won each of the last 35 Premier League games in which Mo Salah has scored. He has overtaken Wayne Rooney's competition record of 34 consecutive wins when scoring from September 2008 to February 2011.
(With ANI inputs)