Liverpool’s £36.9m man Mohamed Salah is an “elite-level finisher” according to Andrew Beasley who crunched the numbers for LFC’s official website.
If there were any worries over Mohamed Salah being able to bring his Serie A goalscoring form of the last two seasons back to the Premier League then Andrew Beasley has done a brilliant job of cancelling them out.
Beasley conducted a study into Salah’s numbers over the 2016/17 season in comparison to all of his new Liverpool team mates, finding that the Egyptian had a superior goal contribution record than any of the Reds attacking line up.
Brazilian magician Philippe Coutinho was unsurprisingly the Reds most frequent source of goal contributions with 14 goals, 9 assists and a single penalty win, averaging out at a goal contribution once every 106 minutes.
The next closest to the Reds’ number 10 was Sadio Mané whose 13 goals, 7 assists and singular penalty win saw him come in at a goal contribution once every 116 minutes. Daniel Sturridge (119), Divock Origi (139) and Roberto Firmino (151) closed out the Red top five.
Impressively, Mohamed Salah’s 19 goals, 13 assists and two penalty wins saw him credited with a goal contribution on average once every 94 minutes. To put this into further context, Beasley reports that this is better than “Alexis Sanchez (101), Romelu Lukaku (109) and Diego Costa (114).”
Beasley then moves onto shooting statistics, another area in which Salah simply excels.
The Egyptian took an average of 2.9 shots per 90 last season, converting 18.8% of his chances.
This equates roughly to scoring with every fifth shot he took on goal and Beasley relays that of the 106 players to have had 80 or more non-penalty shots in the Premier League’s last six seasons, only four players could boast a conversion rate to equal or better what Salah managed last campaign for Roma.
Positively, this is seemingly no one off either, with the Egyptian having converted 19.4% of his shots in 2015/16 and an even more impressive 20.7% for Fiorentina during his half-season loan with the club in 2014/15.
To sum it up, Salah managed to net a goal with 35 of his 181 shots in the Serie A, a remarkable scoring rate of a goal every five shots.
Beasley reports numerous factors for the Egyptian’s exceptional scoring rate and they’re all positives for Liverpool.
Salah doesn’t take many shots form poor positions, attempting 76% of his shots from inside the opposition penalty area and due to his pace and ability to burn away from defenders with ease, often finds himself in one on one situations with the opposition goalkeeper.
This saw him have “24 clear-cut chances last season,” as per Opta, with only 19 players managing to equal or better this total – when penalties are excluded – over the entirety of the last six Premier League seasons.
To sum it up, the Reds look to have another serious source of firepower on their hands, with the addition of Mohamed Salah likely to further turbocharge an already deadly Liverpool attack.
More of the same this season please Mo!