Virgil van Dijk has described Mohamed Salah as ‘a fantastic talent’ and has pointed to the Egyptian king’s quite-frankly ridiculous individual statistics.
It’s fair to say that Salah has demonstrated that his unwavering brilliance is perhaps sometimes underappreciated following on from his inaugural record-breaking season at Anfield.
The Egypt international has somewhat become a victim of his own success following on from his 44-goal haul in his debut campaign following a £34m [BBC Sport] move from Roma in 2017.
Salah, 27, once again is currently Liverpool’s top-scorer this season and despite this, the former Chelsea star isn’t being touted for the same individual awards as some of his teammates.
In terms of goals and assists, since the Egypt international arrived at Anfield, Salah has a better goal contribution rate than some of the world’s best with none of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ciro Immobile, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe or Sergio Aguero able to boast the same numbers as Jurgen Klopp’s talisman.
In 97 matches, Salah has 68 goals and 24 assists to his name. More notably, the 27-year-old has featured missed just five fixtures from a possible 102. None of the aforementioned names – not even Messi – has proven more durable in that period.
Salah was Liverpool’s hero once again on Monday following Liverpool’s hard-fought 3-2 victory after the Reds forward converted the vital equaliser in the second half. The captain on the night Van Dijk was full of praise for his teammate personally highlighting his contribution defensively in addition to his output in front of goal.
“I think he has shown over the seasons he has been here that he is a fantastic player and the numbers speak for themselves,” the Netherlands international told reporters post-match.
“We are very happy with him and that is the most important thing for him as well.
“He is a very important member of our squad, scoring-wise but also the defending, it is a big part of our game as well so we are just very happy and let’s keep it going.”
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Salah is another player who has become a victim of his own success following an inaugural debut season that made us question whether he was from the same species as the rest of his teammates.
With 19 goals, yet again, Salah is the club’s top-scorer with the former Roma star continually showcasing why he is perhaps the greatest ‘one-season-wonder’ that has ever graced the Premier League.