With a 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Anfield, Liverpool drew level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, and Curtis Jones were all missing for the Merseysiders owing to suspected positive Covid-19 tests, but it didn’t stop them from winning their eighth consecutive match in all competitions despite an early scare.
Former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey curled a superb 25-yard shot into the far corner to give the Magpies hope of their first league victory at Anfield since 1994.
The hosts answered quickly, with Diogo Jota netting a rebound for his 10th goal of the season to tie the game.
After Martin Dubravka had denied Sadio Mane, Salah scored to put Liverpool ahead after 25 minutes. Salah tied Jamie Vardy’s Premier League record of scoring or assisting a goal in 15 consecutive games.
The second half was more evenly contested, but Trent Alexander Arnold’s rocket into the top corner three minutes from time gave the Reds the lead.
The result keeps the Magpies in 19th place, three points away from safety despite having played one game more than Watford in 17th.