Mohamed Salah somehow produced probably the worst miss of his career, as Liverpool face Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon at Anfield.
It's been far from the ideal start to the season for Liverpool, with last Monday's loss to Manchester United really rubbing salt in the wound, even if Jurgen Klopp felt his team deserved to win.
After three games without a win, they would have been hoping for an easier ride at home to Scott Parker's team, and they made the perfect start.
Luis Diaz headed home the opening in goal in just the third minute, after excellent work from Roberto Firmino, with Harvey Elliott making it 2-0 just three minutes later.
Salah should have made it an even better start by scoring in the 16th minute, but the Egyptian found a way to miss from about a yard out.
Elliott played the ball across the box and Salah got in behind the defence and, with the goalkeeper sprawled on the ground having tried to stop the cross, the forward knocked the ball wide of the far post.
Salah joins Haaland and Nunez for the miss of the season competition.— H ⚽🔭🚀 (@NewtonsTenthLaw) August 27, 2022
How tf did Salah miss that oh my god that was some liquid football— 𝒟 𝐼 ◉ (@ThyDC) August 27, 2022
The miss of Salah’s career that— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) August 27, 2022
If that chance, and the beautiful football that led up to it, and the two goals they'd already conceded weren't enough, Bournemouth clearly weren't paying attention.
There were enough warnings for the newly promoted side and they soon found themselves in some serious trouble, all before half time.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a brilliant goal before the half hour mark, to make it 3-0, hitting a screamer into the top corner from around 20 yards out, after the defence gave him time and space.
And the scoring wasn't done there, Firmino got involved himself, volleying in at the back post after Salah's cross had taken a deflection into the Brazilian's path.
With just a minute left of the half, the hosts added a fifth goal, with Virgil van Dijk ending a week of criticism by heading home Andrew Robertson's corner.
And to think, if Salah hadn't missed it would have been even worse, there's still a whole second half to go as well...
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