Salah scores amid Saudi interest to help Liverpool ease past Villa

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Mohamed Salah scored in Liverpool’s 3-0 home win over Aston Villa despite speculation over his future amid strong interest from Saudi Arabia.

Just 48 hours after Liverpool rejected a £150m bid from Al Ittihad for Salah on Deadline Day, the Egyptian blasted home from close range in the second half to add a third and maintain the Reds’ unbeaten start.

With the Saudi transfer window closing on Thursday, Liverpool will be hoping Salah’s goal will not be his last for the club with Al Ittihad potentially submitting an improved offer for the 31-year-old. One source has told Sky Sports News that the Saudi Pro League side are prepared to go to £200m.

Salah’s strike came after Dominik Szoboszlai scored his first Liverpool goal with a stunning third-minute opener.

The home side doubled their lead in the 22nd minute through a Matty Cash own goal after the ball rebounded off him from Darwin Nunez’s shot off the post.

There was an injury concern for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on his 300th Premier League game in charge as Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off midway through the second half after a player-of-the-match performance.

Liverpool are now 15 games unbeaten in the Premier League and are up to third in the table, while Aston Villa suffered their second defeat of the season to sit 11th after four games.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Liverpool’s first fixture after the international break is at Wolves on Saturday September 16. Kick-off 12.30pm.

Aston Villa return to Villa Park against Crystal Palace on the same day. Kick-off 3pm.

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