Salah double helps Liverpool to 3rd straight win in EPL

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium. [AP Photo]

made it three wins out of three as scored twice in a convincing 3-1 victory over on Saturday to take control at the top of the . Arsenal had won their opening two games and the Gunners' record signing, winger Nicolas Pepe, could have opened the scoring three times as he threatened on the counter-attack.

Mohamed Salah was just inside Arsenal's half when he collected the ball, befuddled David Luiz with a nonchalant jink and homed in on goal from the right wing.

The star made the finish look easy, too, whipping the ball into the bottom corner.

With one of the best goals so far this season, Salah capped Liverpool's 3-1 win over in a one-sided game between the top two teams in the Premier League.

Liverpool will be the only team to end the third round of games with a maximum nine points. The Reds appear well set for another tilt at an English top-flight title they haven't won since 1990.

If only Manchester United was in such a strong position.

Liverpool's traditional rival got a reality check Saturday with a 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace that exposed the deficiencies that still exist in the team.

United is no closer to solving its penalty woes, either, with Marcus Rashford reclaiming spot-kick duties after Paul Pogba's miss against Wolverhampton on Monday but also failing to score.

Worse was to come as United conceded a stoppage-time goal to lose for the first time this season and slip five points behind Liverpool.

There was also a first win for Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager, and away victories for Leicester, Southampton and West Ham.

LUIZ AT FAULT
has established a reputation as a classy but error-prone defender during his time in English soccer with Chelsea and now Arsenal, and he marred his performance against Liverpool with a big mistake in the second half.

The Brazil defender tugged the jersey of Salah as a ball was slipped through to the Liverpool forward, and even had the temerity of complaining when a penalty was inevitably awarded.

Salah dispatched the spot kick in style, right in the top corner, giving Liverpool a 2-0 lead after Joel Matip had put the hosts in front with a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's outswinging corner.

Salah's stunning solo effort — his second goal of the game — made the points safe for Liverpool, with Luiz's defending again leaving a lot to be desired.

Arsenal, which grabbed a late consolation through substitute Lucas Torreira, was the only other team to win its first two games.

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