Mohamed Salah has a chance at a difficult Premier League Golden Boot record. His two goals against Brighton put him in contention.
Salah played brilliantly at the Amex on Wednesday. He grabbed the first early on and wrapped the game up with a near-post header in the second half.
But he was a constant threat all game. This was Salah at his relentless best – running in behind, turning defenders inside out and finishing chances.
He could have scored a couple more, in fact, but he had to settle for two. And those are two goals that put Salah in contention for a Golden Boot record.
The Egyptian is now on 19 Premier League goals for the season – three behind Jamie Vardy, the leading scorer. He has four games to try and catch the Leicester City striker to win his third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot.
That would equal the record for consecutive wins, joining arguably the two finest forwards in Premier League history in doing so. Alan Shearer managed it between 1995 and 1997 before Thierry Henry did it between 2004 and 2006.
Salah won it in 2018, of course, setting a different record in the process. His 32 goals that year were the most any player has managed in a 38-game season. He then grabbed 22 in the 18/19 campaign, finishing joint-first with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
And now, if he can perform some magic in the remaining four games, he could well pick up a third. Only Shearer and Henry have managed that, too, with Henry holding the record of four wins.
It’s a very tall ask, of course. He needs to overhaul a three-goal deficit in four games, which is far from easy. It’d be tough even if Vardy didn’t score another goal but you’d expect him to.
Salah has pulled off incredible feats before, though. This one would be particularly special.