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Watch Liverpool FC's Fabinho, Mo Salah score early vs. Manchester City

Watch Liverpool FC's Fabinho, Mo Salah score early vs. Manchester City

In the English Premier League's biggest match of the season to date, Liverpool FC got on the front foot early in a 3-1 win over Manchester City. 

The league leaders led 2-0 within the first 15 minutes Sunday at Anfield, thanks to Fabinho's sixth-minute screamer from outside the box and Mo Salah's 13th-minute header.  

Liverpool opened the scoring while Manchester City was slow to defend the Reds' counter-attack, disputing the referee's decision to not award a handball on Trent Alexander-Arnold. City controlled the early portions of the match, and Bernardo Silva's pass in the box hit Alexander-Arnold's outstretched arm with City attacker Raheem Sterling running in behind. 

The Premier League's rule changes reflecting the International Football Association Board's "Laws of the Game" this summer called for a foul when a player has made their body "unnaturally bigger," but the referee appeared to determine that Alexander-Arnold's outstretched arm was natural.

Alexander-Arnold surely earned himself additional ire from the City faithful with his wonderfully weighted pass on Liverpool's second goal. The right back switched the ball to left back Andy Robertson, whose subsequent cross to Salah left the ball on a platter for the Egyptian striker's run. 

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Liverpool's offense runs through their flanks, as Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have been the Premier League's most productive passers this calendar year.

You'd have to go back to April 2017 to see the last time Liverpool lost at Anfield, and that streak continued Sunday. Sadio Mané put the game out of reach with a 51st-minute goal, but Liverpool's two quick goals ultimately proved to be too much for City.

Watch Mo Salah penalty seal Liverpool FC win vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Watch Mo Salah penalty seal Liverpool FC win vs. Tottenham Hotspur

After more than an hour of unrelenting pressure Sunday, Liverpool FC finally got its lead in the 75th minute against Tottenham Hotspur. 

Mohamed Salah cashed in from the penalty spot to give the Reds a 2-1 win over Spurs, preserving Liverpool's six-point lead atop the English Premier League table. 

Speedy Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané got behind Tottenham right back Serge Aurier, drawing a penalty as Aurier tried to clear the ball from Spurs' penalty area. It marked the second time in two matches against Spurs that Mané's speed gave the Reds a kick from the penalty spot.

Mané also drew a penalty in the first minute of the Champions League final in June, as Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko was called for a hand-ball against Liverpool. Just as he did Sunday, Salah delivered from the spot to give the Reds a lead on the ensuing penalty. 

Tottenham led 1-0 Sunday after Harry Kane's goal in the first minute, but Spurs will rue Son Heung-Min's miss off the crossbar early in the second half. Liverpool peppered Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga throughout, but a Son goal would have given Tottenham a 2-0 lead. 

Now, Tottenham leaves Anfield empty-handed.

Mo Salah injury: Liverpool FC star to miss Manchester United match

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Mo Salah injury: Liverpool FC star to miss Manchester United match

Liverpool FC will get one star back Sunday against Manchester United, but another will miss the match entirely. 

Star striker Mohamed Salah was not in Liverpool's matchday squad at Old Trafford after injuring his ankle before the international break. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, meanwhile, returns to the Reds' starting XI for the first time in two months. 

Salah is tied for 10th in the English Premier League this season with four goals and tied for fourth with three assists. The Egyptian forward has won at least a share of the Golden Boot as the league's top scorer in each of the last two seasons. Salah injured his ankle in Liverpool's final match before the international break after a tackle from Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury. 

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Becker injured his calf on the opening day of the Premier League season, but Liverpool lost just once in all competitions and managed three clean sheets in his absence.

Still, the Brazilian keeper's return should boost Jurgen Klopp's club as the German manager tries to win at Old Trafford for the first time -- even if the league leaders are at less than full strength up top.