Mohamed Salah waited at the penalty spot. He had just been knocked to the ground by Sokratis Papastathopoulos to win a penalty for Liverpool against Arsenal. But rather than stroke home his 14th goal of the season to take the lead in the Premier League top scorer chart, the Egyptian forward handed the ball to team-mate Roberto Firmino, who bagged his hat-trick.In the month since, Salah has added another three goals, Sadio Mane three and Firmino two as Liverpool’s attack continue to be one of the most potent in Europe, finishing each other’s chances to help the Reds close in on their first ever Premier League title.The trident have the perfect chemistry, creating goals for each other, with each happy to unselfishly lay the ball off to one of the other two rather than take all the glory for themselves. Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 16 goals, with Mane sixth and Firmino just one goal off the top 10, with 42 of Liverpool’s 56 goals scored by one of the trio. 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Like Salah, Luka Jovic currently holds the lead in the top scorer race in his league, with 14 goals in 18 Bundesliga games this season .One of Frankfurt’s forwards is also challenging to be the top assister, with Sebastien Haller just behind Jadon Sancho on eight assists in the Bundesliga. In a total of 28 games across all competitions, the Frenchman has racked up 14 goals and 11 assists – almost as impressive a combined total as Salah’s 19 goals and eight assists in 2018-19. Haller has reached his mark in less games, meaning that he is involved in a goal in 89 per cent of games compared to Salah’s 82 per cent.In Jurgen Klopp’s system, Firmino is much more than a centre forward. The Brazilian presses defenders, cuts off passing lanes, breaks up play and drops deep to build the attack. Similarly, World Cup finalist Ante Rebic performs more than just a goalscoring role for Adi Hutter’s Eintracht Frankfurt. Injury meant the start of his season was delayed, but the Croatian has been excellent at breaking defensive lines, using his pace and skill to unlock the opposition and bring Haller and Jovic into play.When Frankfurt quickly get the ball forward, there is always an anticipation that it will end up in the net. That happened repeatedly in October when they put seven past Fortuna Dusseldorf, with 21-year-old Jovic becoming the youngest player to score five goals in a single Bundesliga match.”There are players who need relatively few scoring chances,” Hutter told the Bundesliga’s official website. “Luka Jovic, for example, scores four times out of every five chances because he’s a poacher and, when he’s in the box, he knows where the goal is. You always have to be careful with superlatives. But for me he has the potential to become a world-class striker.”Haller is not worried about being labelled “world class.” He just wants to score goals and help his team-mates score goals, especially in Europe where Frankfurt won all six games in their Europa League group against Lazio, Marseille and Apollon Limassol.”I have no interest in being the centre of attention. I do not care if there is a star and who that is. I do not want to be a star,” he told the FAZ. “I like my peace away from the place. And when I’m in the field, I want to score goals. Everyone knows that the most important thing is to work well as a team. We have all developed a winning mentality together.”Rebic has been linked with clubs such as Manchester United and Bayern Munich, Jovic has gotten attention from Barcelona, while Haller has had to play down talk of a move to the Premier League. The 24-year-old is enjoying life in Frankfurt, especially with his attacking team-mates, but he knows he might not last forever.”The three of us are doing very well in Frankfurt, we and the whole team have a lot of fun together. It’s an enjoyable time,” he admitted. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the football business. Luka and Ante have certainly gotten the attention of other clubs. If an offer were so good for them that they had to leave because of it, everyone here would be happy for them.”As of now, the trio remain together. Much to the dismay of Germany and Europe’s best defences, they’re scoring and assisting at a rate that betters even Liverpool’s. They are all younger than Liverpool’s trident too. Their best could still be yet to come. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Deputy Minister met with US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Commerce Arun Kumar and Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Michael Delaney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programmes William Craft, and Deputy Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Thomas Kelly. It was reiterated that US engagement in Sri Lanka through its development agencies such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MCC will continue to evolve to assist Sri Lanka in meeting its needs and priorities, both in short and long-term. (Colombo Gazette) The United States was this week briefed on the latest developments taking place in the reconciliation process in the country, the Foreign Ministry said today.Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva was on a brief visit to the US capital to continue Sri Lanka’s expanding engagement with the United States on multiple areas of cooperation. During his conversations, the Deputy Minister briefed the officials on recent developments in Sri Lanka with respect to reconciliation as well as economic and investment policy reforms.Recalling the government’s twin policy objectives of reconciliation and development, he reiterated the Government’s aim to ensure a peace dividend for the people, for the country to progress toward enduring peace and development. The US Government officials acknowledged the vast progress Sri Lanka has made since the Government came into office last year.The Foreign Ministry said that the regular visits by high level US officials to Sri Lanka mirror the interest and the potential for multifaceted engagement with the United States in the burgeoning bilateral relationship.Ongoing cooperation with Sri Lanka under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) since December 2015 is yet another important element of US bilateral development assistance to Sri Lanka. During his meetings he requested the US Government to urge American businesses to invest in Sri Lanka. This was emphasized at several bilateral discussions he held with U.S. officials in Washington D.C, the Foreign Ministry said.