Mohamed Salah scored a brace in Liverpool 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in Champions League Group C action on Wednesday.
The Egyptian has now scored 50 goals from 65 matches in all competitions for the Reds since joining in 2017.
The Serbian league champions got a few early scoring chances but Liverpool quickly settled into their offensive pattern which included some pinpoint long passes to Salah.
Roberto Firmino got the lead for the home team with a straight shot on goal in the 20th minute, with a sleek pass from Andrew Robertson from the left flank, which was a build-up from Xherdan Shaqiri’s through ball.
Liverpool made it 2-0 just before half-time when Salah scored his first of the night with a strike to the near post, set up with a quick tap from just outside of the box.
After the break, Salah made it a half-century worth of goals for Liverpool when he buried a penalty shot in the 51st minute after Sadio Mane drew the foul off Red Star captain Filip Stojkovic.
On the visitor’s side, one of the highlight’s was Milan Borjan’s save of Sadio Mane’s penalty shot in the 76th minute. The Canada international managed to deflect enough of the ball off the bottom side of the crossbar and deny Mane’s second chance for the score.
Four minutes later, Mane redeemed himself adding Liverpool’s fourth on the night off a right-footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.
Liverpool moved to the top of the group with six points after three matches. Napoli, who drew with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, slipped to second with five points. The French side stays in third place with four points, and Red Star remains at the bottom with one point.