Liverpool claimed their first win of the season, beating AFC Bournemouth 3-1, but it was not plain sailing and they left Anfield with concerns over the fitness of a number of players.
Liverpool found a way to break early Bournemouth’s resistance when an acrobatic finish from Luis Diaz brought them level.
For the third time in his last five spot kicks Salah failed to convert from 12 yards, his fierce effort being parried by Neto. But fortunately for the Egyptian, the ball came back for him to convert at the second time of asking.
It was the first time Salah has scored in the second Matchweek of a season and it marked his 200th goal involvement in the Premier League, scoring 160 times and assisting 40 strikes.
However, four minutes after being reduced to 10 men, Diogo Jota doubled Liverpool’s lead and eased the home fans’ nerves when he followed up after Szoboszlai’s deflected shot was spilled by Neto.
Brighton hit four again
Brighton & Hove Albion won 4-1 for the second match of the season as they handed Wolverhampton Wanderers a chastening defeat in their first home match of the season to go top of the top flight overnight, the first time they have done so in their history.
Within 41 seconds of the start of the second half, Brighton doubled their advantage when Pervis Estupinan converted Mitoma’s cross.
Brentford claim west London bragging rights
After both forwards had hit the back of the net in the 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur last week, Wissa handed Brentford the lead at Craven Cottage a minute before half-time, pouncing on a loose pass by Fulham defender Issa Diop to round Bernd Leno and score his second goal of the season.
Fulham, whose leading goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic was omitted from the squad amid reports that he is close to a move to Saudi Arabia, came near to an equaliser when Bobby De Cordova-Reid hit the bar early into the second half.
But things got worse for the home side midway through the second half when Tim Ream conceded a penalty that Mbeumo converted to make it 2-0. To add to his woes, Ream was handed a second yellow card for the foul and had to leave the pitch.
Mbeumo got his second thanks to a fantastic team move that started in the Bees’ area, with Kristoffer Ajer and Rico Henry combining down the right before the former crossed to give Mbeumo an easy finish.