Another winning goal and another record broken by the Egyptian star further enhance his elite status in the pantheon of Liverpool legends.
His 100th goal at Anfield put the 30-year-old forward with Steven Gerrard at fifth on Liverpool’s all-time scorers list (186 goals). However, Salah has played 408 fewer times than the talented former captain of The Kop.
The decisive moment in a crunch victory over Brentford also brought him to the milestone of 30 goals in all competitions for three consecutive seasons. Only three Liverpool players have achieved that feat: Roger Hunt, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler. This is not a bad achievement for a winger.
Fans had been cheering Salah on since before the game even started, and when the final whistle blew, Anfield paid tribute to the player they crowned King of Egypt.
“Given the statistics made by him, we all know that at the end of his career, Salah will be considered one of the greatest players of all time,” said Jurgen Klopp. “Being the first to score in nine consecutive home games is super special. Scoring 30 or more goals this season is super special, not to mention the assists.”
Salah has made some truly amazing achievements. Since joining Liverpool from Roma for £43.9m in 2017, Salah has averaged a goal every 133 minutes.
No striker ahead of Salah on the club’s top scorer list has surpassed Salah in this regard: Ian Rush (346, one every 165 minutes), Roger Hunt (285, every 165 minutes). 154 minutes per goal), Gordon Hodgson (241, one every 141 minutes) and Billy Liddell (228, one every 211 minutes).
Salah, who this season has overtaken Sir Kenny Dalglish and Fowler this season, will aim to overtake both Liddell and Hodgson over the next two years. He shows no signs of slowing down despite his 31st birthday next month.
Salah has responded to criticism of his form at the start of the season and ended speculation about his future at Liverpool by signing a new three-year contract with a salary of around £350,000-a-week next season. summer 2022 – making him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
There’s no denying that Salah has underperformed for a while, but that’s largely due to the failure of an alarmingly disoriented team. Salah has suffered from isolation on the right flank as Liverpool lacks cohesion and control.
Halfway through the Premier League season this year, he has only 7 goals and 4 assists. In the past 15 matches, he increased that number to 19 goals and 7 assists. Salah is the flagship of Liverpool’s recent resurgence. In the first half of the season, Salah had a goal every 241 minutes, and in the later stages, Salah’s statistics improved significantly when he had a goal every 159 minutes.
Salah’s impressive run of matches is even more remarkable as he missed opportunities on penalties against Bournemouth and Arsenal. He has benefited from Klopp’s tactical adjustments, giving him more possession in dangerous areas.
One of Salah’s often overlooked qualities is his persistence. In a season where Liverpool have suffered from injuries consecutively, Salah has been on the pitch, match after game.
He had just 121 minutes out, was substituted four times and was brought on from the bench against Chelsea. Liverpool have played 225 Premier League games since signing Salah almost six years ago and he has played 215 of them (96%). It’s not luck, it’s a testament to how he manages his life.
He is a top professional athlete, always paying attention to his diet, how to recover between matches, spending a lot of time in the gym and yoga sessions. He is also the perfect role model for young players and should be added to Liverpool’s leadership team this summer as the departure of vice-captain James Milner has left a huge void.
It’s hard to make 300 appearances for the club in six seasons, and it’s even harder to believe when you see the intense competition between Salah and the top defenders in the Premier League, Champions League or every league that Liverpool has to offer. join.
Salah’s behavior when he was not entrusted with the familiar role of taking on free-kicks (a surprising decision by Klopp) also made everyone admire. “I work very hard and am motivated to keep breaking records, scoring goals and winning for the team,” Salah said.