Mohamed Salah is currently scoring at a rate faster than any Liverpool player in the Premier League era, according to statistician Ged Rea.
When it became clear in the summer that Liverpool would miss out on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Julian Brandt and that the Reds would instead be targeting Mohamed Salah, some fans were alarmed.
Although the Egyptian had a stellar campaign with Roma last time out, scoring 19 goals and providing 12 assists, he wasn’t very successful when he first moved to England with Chelsea, managing just two goals – although that was more likely due to the lack of opportunities afforded to him by Jose Mourinho.
This season, however, on his return to England with Liverpool, Salah has scored 24 goals, with an impressive 18 in the league and five in the Champions League. There is no denying that FSG have already got a good return on the £37.9 million they spent.
For all the talk of Salah being a Chelsea flop and not having the grit to make it in the Premier League, he’s wiping the floor with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette, who all joined rivals in the summer and were tipped to do better than the high-flying winger.
For all the Liverpool players that have scored five or more goals in the Premier League era, none have scored at a greater rate than Salah, who is averaging a goal every 93 minutes this season.
He’s leaving the likes of Robbie Fowler (159 mins), Fernando Torres (121 mins) and Luis Suarez (139 mins) behind and with 14 games left in the league campaign, there’s more than enough time for him to break the 30 goal barrier domestically.
Liverpool have been a joy to watch after (kind of) eradicating the defensive frailty which saw Manchester City and Spurs whallop them away from home. With Virgil van Dijk signed up and ready to kick on, it looks like Salah and co. will be able to continue scoring without fear of being let down at the back.
Swansea City host the Merseysiders tonight and despite the Swans being rock bottom and having scored four goals fewer than Mo has this season, no game is a guaranteed win in the Premier League and Jurgen Klopp will be ensuring that his players aren’t complacent.
Three points will ensure that a five-point gap is opened up on Spurs which is vital as the Londoners visit Anfield in 13 days. Arsenal would then trail by eight points, while the race to finish second is well and truly on as Liverpool and Chelsea would be level on points and three points behind Manchester United.