Watch out Premier League – Liverpool are in menacing form this season.
Heading into Saturday evening’s game against Brighton the Reds were two for two, having beaten West Ham 4-0 on the opening day and Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday.
Winning 6-0 on aggregate found Jurgen Klopp’s men top of the table and only strengthened belief that they can challenge Manchester City for the title.
And they continued in that vein on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Chris Hughton’s Brighton.
Mohamed Salah – who else? – opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a sumptuous curled strike into the bottom corner from Roberto Firmino’s pass.
It was trademark Salah – the Egyptian curved his run, opened his body up and took an early shot to catch Brighton’s Mathew Ryan by surprise.
Defensively Liverpool were solid, too, and Trent Alexander-Arnold was almost rewarded for his performance with a goal in the 15th minute from a free-kick.
THREE OUT OF THREE
The 19-year-old, who took control of the set piece from Salah and vice-captain James Milner, clattered the cross bar with a fine effort.
It would have been a stunning goal, but there was something else about the free-kick that caught football fans’ attention.
As Alexander-Arnold prepared to strike, Anthony Knockaert was spotted kneeling behind Brighton’s wall and receiving instructions from his goalkeeper.
And why? Because he was scared Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Milner would try something cheeky and shoot underneath the wall, which has been seen before. Check it out.
Vad GÖR Knockaert bakom muren här? pic.twitter.com/SAZpF6ReAX
— David Carlsson (@_DavidCarlsson) August 25, 2018
Very clever from Knockaert. He spotted the potential danger and made sure to cover all angles, just in case.