Jurgen Klopp revealed his regret over supporting the implementation of VAR in football after the technology played a major role in Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Midtjylland on Wednesday.

Both teams saw a goal chalked off as a result of interventions from the video assistant referee, while a review also led to the Reds conceding a second-half penalty.

Although Klopp had no qualms with the actual decisions themselves, he was not happy with the amount of time taken by the team of officials, which prompted eight minutes of added time.

That gripe led the Liverpool manager to suggest that, on reflection, he does not believe VAR to represent the success he had hoped for.

He said: "It took just too long. I think now in the end - I didn't see it back obviously - all the decisions were right even though they were so difficult to make. 

"They all took like three, four minutes, [it was] cold for the boys in shorts. It's really hard - I can hear already people saying, 'Oh my God, why is he talking about that?' - but it took really long and it was really cold. So that doesn't help. 

"In the end, I used to be one of the people who said, 'Yes, VAR is a good idea' but I'm really not sure if I would say that again."

Despite making eight changes from Sunday's win over Wolves, Klopp still went surprisingly strong with his selection in starting the likes of Fabinho and Mohamed Salah.

Asked to explain if using the latter for 90 minutes represented "a risk", he replied: "If you want to play football, you saw in the second half you can make changes but you need a few key positions. 

"It could have been one of the other three playing in that position but you have kind of patterns; in the last line that was the reason Fabinho played 45 minutes. 

"In midfield, usually it would have been Naby [Keita] but he didn't play that often, he just needs to get minutes now again. 

"That was the decision for Mo and, how the game developed, how the game looked, Mo looked fine, that's why we didn't take him off. 

"The players who don't play that much, it's just really difficult to get through a full 90 minutes after a pretty long time without 90 minutes. 

"Mo, I was in contact with him, he had no issues, so that was the reason we left him on the pitch when he started."

Tottenham responded to Chelsea's victory on Saturday by claiming north London bragging rights with a 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Champions Liverpool soon joined Spurs on 24 points at the top as Mohamed Salah inspired an emphatic defeat of Wolves at Anfield.

Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City a late, late win at Sheffield United, while Roy Hodgson returned to West Brom to deliver a crushing defeat after Matheus Pereira was sent off.

Here is the pick of the Opta facts from another enthralling Sunday in the Premier League.

West Brom 1-5 Crystal Palace: Hodgson haunts old club once again

Palace scored five goals in a top-flight away game for the first time in their history as they thrashed struggling West Brom.

It was the most goals the Eagles have scored away from home since they hit five at Watford in the Championship way back in January 2004, when Hodgson's time in charge of the United Arab Emirates was just coming to an end.

Hodgson has now won 11 Premier League matches against teams he used to manage, which puts him level with Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce at the top of that particular pile.

Of course, the match swung in Palace's favour when Pereira became the 12th player to be shown a straight red card in the Premier League this season. The Baggies will have feared the worst: they have lost 21 of the 31 Premier League games they have played in which they have had a player sent off, the highest percentage (68 per cent) among the 18 teams to have a player dismissed in at least 30 matches.

Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City: Vardy's having a (Yorkshire) party

Sheffield United were moments from winning just a second point of the season until Vardy struck late at Bramall Lane.

The striker became just the third player to score in five consecutive Premier League games in Yorkshire, following in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney (2002-2013) and Harry Kane (2014-2020). He even shattered a corner flag in his celebration, just to rub salt into the wound.

James Maddison set up Vardy's winner to end a wait of 363 days for a Premier League assist, although that barren run was not for the want of trying: he has created 56 goalscoring chances in that time, including three against the Blades.

As for Chris Wilder's men, they are only the ninth different team in English league history to lose 10 or more of their first 11 games in a season, and the first in the top flight since Newcastle United in 1977-78. Leicester also condemned them to their 10th defeat last term - although that was on matchday 36.

Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal: Mourinho leaves Gunners at Premier League low point

Jose Mourinho loves playing Arsenal - he has gone 11 home games in all competitions without losing to the Gunners. Mikel Arteta does not seem to enjoy this fixture, though: he is just the second Arsenal boss to lose his first two north London derbies, after Bertie Mee in 1966-67.

This encounter was vintage Mourinho. For the 11th time in a Premier League match, his team had 35 per cent or less of the possession, but this was the ninth of those games he has won. That is in part down to the brilliance of Harry Kane - who now has 250 career goals and a record 11 in this fixture - and Son Heung-min.

Spurs ended the weekend top of the table, but Arsenal are 15th, with just 13 points from their opening 11 games. That is their lowest return at this stage of a top-flight season since they mustered 12 by this point in 1981-82.

Liverpool 4-0 Wolves: Salah in truly esteemed company

Liverpool's resounding defeat of Wolves took them to 31 wins from 32 home league games, in which time they have scored 93 goals and conceded only 25.

Impressively, the champions have now kept six clean sheets in the 11 games Virgil van Dijk has missed through injury this season, as 22-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher became the youngest Reds goalkeeper to record a shutout when making a first Premier League start.

Salah broke the deadlock to move onto 52 league goals at Anfield since he arrived from Roma in 2017. The only players in Europe's top-five leagues with better single-venue numbers in that time are Barcelona's Lionel Messi (63 at Camp Nou) and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (59 at the Allianz Arena).

Salah's goal was gifted to him by a poor chest touch from Conor Coady. The Wolves captain has only made three errors leading to goals in 87 Premier League appearances, and two of those have come on Merseyside.

Jurgen Klopp hailed a "perfect" night as Liverpool welcomed supporters back to Anfield with a 4-0 thrashing of Wolves.

With the city of Liverpool having recently been placed in Tier 2 of the UK government's tiered restriction system, 2,000 fans were allowed to attend Sunday's game.

It was the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that fans were allowed to attend matches.

Liverpool were crowned league champions for the first time in 30 years in June, but lifted the trophy at Anfield in July behind closed doors.

And Klopp had nothing but positive things to say after the match having seen his players treat those in attendance to a fine performance.

"It was a really perfect night, to be honest," the Liverpool manager told Amazon Prime Sport.

"If 10 months ago somebody would have told us we had a home game and only 2,000 people will show up we would have thought, 'Okay, proper crisis, the football must be really bad'. 

"And now tonight it was so enjoyable, it was so nice. We came out for warming up and we all had goosebumps, it was like 'Oh my God!' 

"I said to the boys in the meeting before that we will have no idea how it will be, so if it's good we have to use it, and if it's bad we have to ignore it. So that's how it is. 

"It was much better [than I hoped], it was perfect, the noise what people did. They were on their toes, you could see and feel and pretty much smell that they waited so long for it. 

"All of them here, the Kop and the Main Stand, were here to support a football team."

Liverpool claimed an emphatic victory thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip'and an own goal from Wolves' Nelson Semedo.

Klopp went on to agree that the return of fans had helped inspire his players on to greater heights in the second half of what had - in its earlier stages at least - been a cagey encounter.

He continued: "We are so used to playing without a crowd. Each little positive that you can get in this moment in life in general is nice. 

"When you read in the newspaper that the vaccine would come it was like, whatever weather was outside, the sun was shining for all of us. 

"And so it was tonight in the second half, it's so much more enjoyable when the people are involved.

"This game would not be the game we all love if we played it always without supporters, but we have to do it in the moment. 

"If there's any sense in it, then it's only that we appreciate these things: 2,000 or 3,000 and hopefully 4,000, 5m000 and 6,000 in the next few weeks and months. 

"Normality is coming back and you appreciate that even more."

Robert Lewandowski does not believe he can be compared to Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or any of the other nominees for FIFA's The Best award following his success with Bayern Munich.

While France Football made the decision not to name a Ballon d'Or winner for 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, world football's governing body will crown The Best FIFA Men's Player on December 17.

The award takes into account accomplishments between July 20, 2019 and October 7 of this year. During that time, Lewandowski scored 55 goals in an incredible 2019-20 season that saw Bayern complete a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble, before adding the UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup this term.

Ronaldo scored 31 goals as Juventus won the Scudetto and he became the first player to strike 50 times in the Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A in the process.

Messi, who took home the accolade in 2019, led LaLiga in goals (25) and assists (21), but his tally of 56 goal involvements in all competitions (31 scored, 25 assisted) represented his worst season since 2013-14.

Kylian Mbappe, Sadio Mane, Neymar and Mohamed Salah are the other forwards on the 11-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Player, but Lewandowski does not think any comparison can be made to him.

"I don't think about that, because I think the most important thing is to analyse what your team achieved in the season," Lewandowski told Ole when asked who his biggest competition for the award is.

"If you scored a lot of goals and won everything and were at the top, I don't think there's anyone I can compare myself to.

"I just focus and think about the next challenge, and so on. If I win the award, of course I will be happy because I know everything I did, that it was for the team, and I know that it will be a decision of the fans and the journalists who vote."

Asked if he feels he deserves to win, Lewandowski added: "Hopefully. It would be a unique feeling. If I won The Best it would be something spectacular for me and an award for the whole team, because I know how well we played.

"What we did last season, for me, was incredible and I think we were the best. We are the best, there is no doubt. And we want to stay in that place

"It's always special to win a FIFA award, a dream. Personally, I know how hard I worked and pushed myself to have the year I had. If you love what you do, it is possible to get the prize.

"But I insist, winning it would be a prize for the whole team. Bayern had an unbeatable year."

Robert Lewandowski is "the most complete" player in world football and should be named The Best FIFA Men's Player 2020, according to Lothar Matthaus.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski scored 55 goals in all competitions last season as Hansi Flick's side won the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.

Voting for the award considers achievements from July 20, 2019 to October 7, 2020, during which the Poland international also won the UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup with Bayern.

Lewandowski scored 15 goals and assisted five more as Bayern won all of their 2019-20 Champions League games and lifted the trophy, an achievement that will be central to his claim for the honour.

The 32-year-old's output far outstripped perennial contenders Cristiano Ronaldo (four goals, no assists) and Lionel Messi (three goals, three assists).

Bayern overcame Paris Saint-Germain in the final and their star duo of Neymar (three goals, four assists) and Kylian Mbappe (five goals, five assists) could not get anywhere near Lewandowski in the Champions League.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah – the only other attacker on the 11-man shortlist for the FIFA accolade – had four goals and two assists in last season's Champions League.

Lewandowski also had a better shot conversion rate (34.9 per cent) than any of those candidates and averaged 3.4 shots on target per 90 minutes – the most of any player to have featured more than four times.

"As the name suggests, there can only be one who is the best. That is Robert Lewandowski," Matthaus wrote in his Sky Sports column.

"He's no longer just the best number nine in the world. Robert is the most complete and best player there is in world football.

"With FC Bayern he has won the five big titles that can be won. Champions League, Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup and UEFA Super Cup. In addition, he was also the top scorer in the first three competitions mentioned.

"His rivals Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Mbappe are all fantastic players – just like Lewy. The difference is he has won every title there was to be won.

"Messi had a season without a trophy, Ronaldo became Italian champion, is still great, but not as strong as a few years ago."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called his side's fixture schedule "a crime" as he prepared to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League less than three days after suffering a 2-0 Champions League loss to Atalanta.

Second-half goals from Josip Illicic and Robin Gosens helped secure an unexpected win for Serie A visitors Atalanta, who Liverpool thrashed 5-0 just three weeks earlier, as the Reds missed the chance to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage.

Wednesday's result left Premier League champions Liverpool with one win from their last three games as they approach a run of four matches in 12 days.

Klopp predicted his players would not be alone in suffering dips in form as a result of the congestion, telling BT Sport: "I'm afraid to say I think it could happen not only to us but to other teams as well.

"You ask us to go on Saturday at 12:30, which is nearly a crime to be honest. That's nothing to do with our game tonight.

"Now my only interest is I got thumbs up, nobody is injured. Now let's recover immediately. The boys are disappointed and frustrated but we don't have time for it, to be honest.

"It's just get fresh legs as quick as possible and go again."

Klopp selected a number of fringe players in his side to face Atalanta and saw them struggle to find any rhythm, with Mohamed Salah's shot in the 44th minute Liverpool's first of the game.

For the first time since Opta had shot data available in the Champions League since 2003-04, Liverpool failed to record a single shot on target in a home game in the competition.

Up against 19-year-old full-back Nico Williams, Atalanta's Papu Gomez enjoyed a successful night on the wing, providing the cross for Ilicic to score the opener and then making a second assist in the build-up to Gosens' goal.

Klopp – whose side lost a competitive home fixture by a margin of more than one goal for the first time in 137 matches at Anfield – admitted his players struggled with the intensity of the game, saying: "Both teams didn't create a lot until they scored the goals. We saw it coming a little in the first half but couldn't avoid it or defend it anyway.

"The ref brought a lot of tempo in the game, he didn't whistle a lot. That makes it even more difficult on both sides. It was unbelievably intense for the boys; you need one or two breaks.

"We changed five times, that always costs rhythm, that's normal. Usually when the first half is gone it settles a bit but you could see for some players who hadn't played for a while it was very intense for them.

"So we didn't really find a way in the game. We didn't find ways to create."

Robert Lewandowski is among the leading contenders for The Best FIFA Men's Player in 2020 after he was named among 11 nominees on Wednesday.

The Bayern Munich superstar fired his side to the treble in 2019-20 and has continued his outstanding form at the start of the new season.

With no Ballon d'Or this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, FIFA's award represents Lewandowski's best chance of recognition for a standout year.

He has tough competition in the form of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and four Liverpool players, but the 32-year-old must surely be considered the frontrunner.

Lewandowski's potential success in this category would be built on Bayern's Champions League triumph and Opta data in that competition since the start of last season helps make his case.

LEADING THE WAY

Virgil van Dijk ran Messi close in 2019, but this year's top honour surely belongs to an attacker - particularly with the Liverpool centre-back and Sergio Ramos playing just eight and seven games respectively over this span due to injury and suspension.

Lewandowski is therefore the obvious choice. He has scored 17 goals in 13 games; for contrast, Messi has six goals and Ronaldo five.

The Poland international has benefited from playing at the forefront of a brilliant team, however, and has had by far the most shots of any player in this time.

His 63 attempts outperform Messi's second-placed 48 by 15. Ronaldo is third with 47, with the leading five shot-takers all nominated as Mohamed Salah (42) and Kylian Mbappe (41) are next on that list.

But Lewandowski has made the most of these opportunities, hitting the target 36 times - another high.

The striker's shot conversion rate of 27.0 per cent far outstrips Salah (14.3 per cent), Neymar (13.3 per cent), Sadio Mane (12.5 per cent), Messi (also 12.5 per cent), Mbappe (12.2 per cent) and Ronaldo (10.6 per cent).

For balance, Ramos is the leading scorer among defenders in this period, netting three goals.

MISSED THE CUT

Although Thiago Alcantara, who has since departed for Liverpool, was included, it was perhaps slightly surprising to see only two members of Bayern's treble-winning team make the list.

The players who created Lewandowski's opportunities went unrewarded.

Joshua Kimmich has a joint-high seven assists and has created the most chances of any player with 38. Thomas Muller played 31 key passes.

Similarly, at Paris Saint-Germain, where Neymar and Mbappe are considered, Angel Di Maria supplied six assists, 24 chances and 12 big chances.

One admission who will surely make the cut in the years to come is Erling Haaland, widely considered the heir to Lewandowski's crown as the Bundesliga's leading marksman.

The 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund man, who was named the 2020 Golden Boy, is the only player to come close to Lewandowski's level of productivity in the Champions League.

Despite playing the first half of last season at Salzburg, who did not qualify from their group, Haaland has 16 goals in just 12 games.

Serge Gnabry, another team-mate of Lewandowski's, is third for goals behind the pair but has a relatively modest nine.

Of Haaland's 40 shots, 24 have hit the target - a tally beaten only by Lewandowski and matched by Messi (from eight more attempts). A shot conversion rate of 40 per cent is the best mark of any player with 40 or more shots.

This might well be Lewandowski's year, but the future is not far away.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will return to training on Monday after testing negative for coronavirus, manager Jurgen Klopp said.

Salah missed Liverpool's 3-0 win over Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Egypt.

But in a boost for Klopp's injury-hit side, Salah is set to return to training in the lead up to Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Atalanta.

"That's what I've heard, yes, it [was] negative today. I think he is from now on pretty normal in testing," the Liverpool manager told a news conference.

"Tomorrow we have the UEFA testing for the Champions League and I am pretty sure he will be in that.

"He can now train with us tomorrow, that's it. He will have two tests in the next two days, so, yes, he will be tested like all of us."

Since arriving at Liverpool in 2017, Salah has missed just seven Premier League games – and Klopp's men are unbeaten, although their win percentage drops to 57.1, compared to 73.3 when the star forward plays. They also average more goals for (2.3 to 1.9) and points per game (2.4 to 2.1) with Salah.

Against Leicester, Liverpool extended their unbeaten home run in the league to a club record 64 games after Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino scored following Jonny Evans' first-half own goal.

But they suffered yet another injury concern, with midfielder Naby Keita hurting his hamstring in the win.

Klopp also confirmed Xherdan Shaqiri was sidelined with a muscle injury.

"Shaq, how I know it, he had a muscle injury with the national team which he didn't really realise," he said.

"Now he trained with us, we gave him a day off and then he came back and was involved in the session, but was not fully involved and all these kind of things. He just did a little bit, after that he felt a little bit. Then we did a scan and they found he has an injury from five or six days ago.

"Nobody knew about that, not even Shaq knew about it, but that's how things sometimes are and so he was not able to be involved."

Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny have again tested positive for coronavirus, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has announced.

Liverpool striker Salah was originally diagnosed with the illness last Friday, and he faced criticism having attended the wedding of his brother earlier in the week.

The agent of Elneny then revealed on Monday that the Arsenal midfielder had also contracted the virus.

Two days on, the EFA confirmed both players still have COVID-19 in their systems.

"Today, Mohamed Salah, the star of the national team and the English club Liverpool, made a new swab to detect the COVID-19 virus, but its result was positive," an EFA statement read.

"And Mohamed Elneny, the star of the national team and Arsenal, also conducted a second swab, which confirmed its positive results."

As such, both Salah and Elneny are major doubts for their respective clubs in the near future.

In the United Kingdom, people who have tested positive for coronavirus are usually required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, and potentially up to a fortnight.

Liverpool and Arsenal are both next in action on Sunday, facing Leicester City and Leeds United, respectively.

Mohamed Salah has been slammed in an extraordinary tirade by former Egypt forward Mido, who criticised the Liverpool star for contracting COVID-19 and called the national team's administration "cowards" for aiding the player's apparent negligence.

It was confirmed last Friday that Salah had been diagnosed with the virus after returning two positive test results.

It subsequently emerged that Salah had attended the wedding of his brother in Cairo earlier in the week, an event that was said to have had hundreds of guests.

While some footage from the wedding showed Salah dancing in a crowd with a facemask on, in others the covering is shown to be only around his neck – like much of the world, Egypt has imposed COVID-19 protocols to curb the spread of the virus, including social distancing measures and the wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces.

It has not been confirmed that Salah contracted the virus at the wedding, but he has attracted widespread condemnation for attending it during a pandemic and so close to Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Togo.

Now Mido, a controversial figure himself during his playing days, has blasted Salah and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) – including his former team-mate Mohamed Barakat, now national team director – for allowing the situation to arise in the first place.

"I know I may be under attack after my next talk, but it has to be. Mohamed Salah made a big mistake by attending his brother's wedding a few days before the Egyptian national team match," the former Tottenham, Ajax and Roma striker told Al-Nahar TV. "He showed great negligence with the steps taken to prevent coronavirus, and the result was that he was infected.

"The neglect of Mohamed Salah caused the Egyptian team to lose an important player in a very important match and time, and he also risked the health of his team-mates. He should not have been present at his brother's wedding, especially at that time.

"The other point here is the silence of all those responsible for the player's negligence, which confirms the fact that the player is still bigger than the national team and this will lead to a great failure.

"When I missed the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, I was punished by missing the final and being excluded from the national team for six months, even if I played [at club level].

"The final we lost, I was young and I thought I was bigger than the team, but I confirm now that no one is bigger than the team, and if someone thinks this, this will be a great failure.

"Officials in Egypt did not direct any word of blame or reproach to Mohamed Salah and the harm caused by his negligence to the Egyptian team, and I name each of the minister of sports Ashraf Sobhi, chairman of the EFA Amr Al-Ganayni, the coach of the national team Hossam Al-Badri, and the national team director Mohamed Barakat, all are cowards and fear Mohamed Salah fans who love the Liverpool star.

"But here I am speaking without calculations or fear of anyone. No one can say that Salah did not make a mistake by going to his brother's wedding at that difficult time and in light of the coronavirus crisis.

"All the English newspapers speak against us negatively, Salah should have been blamed for what he did, but everyone feels fear."

Salah also looks set to miss Liverpool's Premier League clash with Leicester City.

Mohamed Salah has returned a second positive test for coronavirus, confirming the Liverpool talisman will have to go through a period of isolation.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) revealed on Friday that Salah tested positive for COVID-19, though subsequently added that further tests would take place.

However, there has been no reprieve for the 28-year-old star, who again returned a positive result.

Salah will therefore miss Egypt's upcoming double-header with Togo, while he will be unable to feature for Liverpool in their Premier League clash with Leicester City on November 25.

His availability for the Champions League meeting with Atalanta on November 28 is also in doubt.

"Egyptian national team and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has undergone a second test, and results have confirmed that Salah tested positive for COVID-19," a statement released by the EFA said.

"Salah is keeping a high spirit and is not showing any symptoms of the virus."

The EFA also confirmed they are liaising closely with Liverpool's medical staff.

Salah has been in sensational form for defending champions the Reds this term, netting 10 goals in all competitions and creating more chances than any other player in the Premier League.

It has so far been a costly international break for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who is set to be without Joe Gomez for a significant part of the campaign after the centre-back sustained a knee injury on duty with England, while Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a calf problem in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the Reds' last game.

Gomez underwent successful surgery on Thursday, and on Friday issued a message of thanks for the support he has received.

"The road to recovery has already begun," wrote Gomez in a post on his official social media accounts. 

"I've been here before, I know what it takes and I'll be back stronger than ever. I'm obviously gutted, but this is part of gods [sic] plan and I believe everything happens for a reason.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their well wishes and messages of support. I'm focused on my recovery and supporting my team-mates in every way I can."

Mohamed Salah has enjoyed a fantastic start to the campaign but, after contracting coronavirus, now faces a spell out of the Liverpool side.

Salah returned a positive result ahead of Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations double-header against Togo and will now have to undergo a period of self-isolation.

While it is unclear as to when Salah underwent the test, coronavirus protocols dictate the 28-year-old must isolate for 14 days from that date, meaning he will miss Liverpool's clash with Premier League leaders Leicester City on November 21.

Liverpool have already been without Salah's fellow forward Sadio Mane due to COVID-19 this season, with the Senegal winger sitting out of the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa.

This absence will be particularly painful given Salah's brilliant start to the campaign, and we take a look at the Opta data behind the Egyptian's flying form.

TOP OF THE CHARTS

Salah's eight goals from as many appearances sees him lead the way in England's top flight, along with Tottenham's Son Heung-min, Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Leicester's Jamie Vardy.

It appears Vardy – whose tally includes five penalties compared to four successful spot-kicks from Salah – will now have the opportunity to nose clear of the Reds superstar when Brendan Rodgers' side roll up to Anfield.

With his penalty against Manchester City before the international break, Salah moved level with Fernando Torres (in 2009-10) and Robbie Fowler (1995-96) for the most goals through eight games of a Premier League campaign for Liverpool.

Though he has no assists to his name this term, Salah has created 21 chances for his team-mates, more than any other Premier League player, while his tally of 34 attempts ranks behind only Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Salah ranks joint-top for shots on target (15) and shots from inside the area (26) and first outright for touches in the opposition box (85), with his 5.8 expected goals – outperformed by 2.2 – the fourth-highest in the league.

WHAT WILL THE REDS MISS?

Salah will be a big miss, but Jurgen Klopp's side have not lost any of the six league games he has been absent for since he joined from Roma in 2017, winning three and drawing three.

Leicester have also been far from Salah's favourite opponent. He netted three goals across his two league appearances against the Foxes in 2017-18 but has not managed to score in his past four meetings with them.

His absence does come on the back of Joe Gomez sustaining a serious knee injury while on England duty, however, with Liverpool already without star defenders Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has returned a positive test result for coronavirus, the Egypt Football Association (EFA) has announced.

Salah is away with Egypt on international duty but, ahead of two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Togo, the EFA has confirmed they will be without their star man.

The EFA revealed on Friday that Salah, who has scored 10 goals in all competitions so far for Liverpool, had tested positive for COVID-19.

While the 28-year-old is asymptomatic, Salah will have to isolate for 14 days from the date of the test, meaning he will definitely miss the Reds' next Premier League outing, against leaders Leicester City on November 21, while it would appear likely he will be absent for the Champions League clash with Atalanta four days later.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledged sometimes he must look like "a complete idiot" with his animated behaviour in the technical area during matches.

The German has become famous for his touchline antics both for the current Premier League champions and at previous clubs Borussia Dortmund and Mainz.

Speaking in a new film, The End of the Storm, which charts Liverpool's bid to end their 30-year wait for the league title, Klopp claimed he finds it hard to contain his passion.

He said: "People see me very animated constantly, grinding my teeth and pointing.

"I cannot look overnight like The Thinker [a bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin], standing out there like this and everybody thinks obviously something must be going on in his mind.

"I still have the most red cards, or certainly the most fines, as a manager in the history of the Bundesliga. [My use of] irony doesn't help. Referees cannot really deal with that.

"At specific moments I still look like a complete idiot on the sidelines, I know that."

Klopp's Liverpool team have become known for their aggressive pressing style on the pitch, with his side's players showing boundless energy.

Although the Reds boss, who also described himself in the film as a "control freak", claimed it had more do with their style of play rather superior fitness levels.

"You don't have to be fitter to play for Liverpool," explained the 53-year-old German.

"You just have to be fit and to fit our plan. Our game is not actually as intense as it looks. We do the things we do to save energy.

"Winning the ball back immediately is a two or three-yard sprint. If you don't win the ball there, 10 players have to run 50 or 60 yards to win the ball, it's much more exhausting.

"Even when we are attacking we need to have players who are ready to defend. Because the only time in life when you can feel free is when you have protection."

Klopp also revealed his pride at the cosmopolitan and diverse makeup of Liverpool's squad, citing the welcoming and flexible environment for Muslim players such as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in particular.

He added: "I love that we have so such ‘Multi-Culti’. I would say [having] the best ambassadors for being a Muslim in the team is really great.

"Muslims wash their body very often in specific situations. Before warming up, after warming up, it takes time. So, we decided to do things differently.

“We only had an hour when we arrive in the stadium and when we go back in the dressing room after warming up to do these rituals. It costs us exactly two minutes to do these rituals.

"It’s easy to give these two minutes away that they can do in this moment what is to them absolutely important.”

Another day of Premier League drama finished with Leicester City at the summit, unseating Tottenham while Liverpool were held.

Spurs had required a late winner at West Brom before the Foxes edged past Wolves, setting the stage for another mammoth meeting between Manchester City and the champions.

Sunday's action was not done there, though, as Aston Villa went to Arsenal and won in style.

Read on for the story of the day's play in our Opta-powered data dive.

 

West Brom 0-1 Tottenham: Kane leaves it late but keeps closing on the greats

Tottenham were made to wait at West Brom in the day's early game, but Harry Kane's 150th Premier League goal maintained their perfect away start to the season.

Spurs have now won each of their first four away matches in the league for only the fourth time in their history, 2020-21 joining 1949-50, 1960-61 and 2017-18 in the history books.

This had more in keeping with the scrappy win at Burnley than the big successes over Southampton and Manchester United, but Kane, just as in each of those games, made a telling contribution.

The England captain nodded in two minutes from time and reached 150 goals in his 218th game in the competition, slower only than Alan Shearer (212) and Sergio Aguero (217) in reaching that mark.

 

Leicester City 1-0 Wolves: Vardy takes fast-starting Foxes top

Jamie Vardy scored one of two first-half penalties to send Leicester top and secure their best ever start to a top-flight season with a 1-0 victory over Wolves.

Vardy netted his 23rd Premier League spot-kick – the most of any player since his 2014-15 debut – and the Foxes held on even after their talisman passed up a second opportunity from 12 yards.

The former England striker has plenty of practice from 12 yards, with Leicester now having been awarded eight penalties through eight games. Previously, United in their 16th game last season had been the fastest Premier League team to eight spot-kicks.

 

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Hosts held again despite spot-kick drama at Etihad

Kevin De Bruyne missed the target from 12 yards as City drew 1-1 with Liverpool, their third stalemate in five Premier League matches.

After Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool into the lead from the spot, De Bruyne teed up Gabriel Jesus' equaliser but then dragged his penalty wide, becoming the first Premier League player to direct a spot-kick off target since team-mate Riyad Mahrez's wild blast in October 2018 – also against Liverpool.

It meant another draw for City, who had been held three times in 70 matches before this five-game stretch.

Salah's own penalty – the second conceded by Kyle Walker this season – had given him his eighth goal in eight league games this season, a start to a Premier League campaign in Liverpool colours matched only by Robbie Fowler in 1995-96 and Fernando Torres in 2009-10 (both also eight in eight).

But a sequence of 19 passes at the other end concluded with De Bruyne teeing up Jesus, the first time Liverpool had conceded following such a passage in the Premier League since September 2017 when again De Bruyne found Jesus with the last of 19 balls.

 

Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa: Emirates a happy hunting ground again for Watkins-led Lions

Ollie Watkins' brace led Villa to a stunning 3-0 success at Arsenal in the late game, the visitors' third straight away win at the start of the season.

Villa have started a league campaign with three consecutive wins on the road for the first time in their history after Watkins twice added to Bukayo Saka's own goal.

Only Chelsea in 2005-06 and City in 2015-16 have similarly started with three away wins without conceding, although victory at Emirates Stadium perhaps should not have come as a surprise. It was Villa's fourth in the league, with only Chelsea (five) managing more as a visiting team at Arsenal's modern home.

Jack Grealish teed up Watkins for the third and has now been involved in nine Premier League goals this season (four scored, five assisted), trailing only Tottenham pair Kane (15) and Son Heung-min (10) in that regard.

Arsenal's captain was far less effective. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the full 90 minutes in a home Premier League match without registering a shot for the first time.

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