Liverpool came from a goal down to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 and temporarily take leadership of the Premier League until at least Arsenal play Aston Villa tonight at Villa Park.
Palace finished the game with 10 men as Ghana international Andre Ayew received the marching orders for a second yellow card in the second half.
Mohamed Salah scored his 200th goal for the Reds at Selhurst Park to equalise for Jurgen Klopp’s men after Palace went ahead through a penalty converted by Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Salah’s 14th goal this term made him the fifth player to score 200 for Liverpool in all competitions after Ian Rush (346), Roger Hunt (285), Gordon Hodgson (241) and Billy Liddell (228).
In his 247th Premier League appearance, the Egypt star who is in the running for the African Footballer of The Year award along with Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen and Ashraf Hakimi of Morocco also reached 150 goals in the competition, including two goals scored for Chelsea, putting him in the all-time top-10 list level alongside Michael Owen.
Liverpool then made victory certain when second half substitute Harvey Elliott’s rasping shot just outside the box beat goalkeeper Jon Matthews in stoppage time.
The 2019/2020 Premier League champions have gone games against Manchester United and Arsenal before Christmas as a chance to consolidate their position.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.