One Liverpool pair are just one place away from setting a Premier League record for the club. They just need to overtake a fan-favourite duo.
Liverpool were sensational against Crystal Palace on Saturday and particularly their front-three. Which is notable, seeing as they never played together.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane started the game, with Mohamed Salah on the bench. The former pair shone, too, with each having a goal and assist before half-time.
Mane then departed for Salah in the second half but the attack still thrived. The Egyptian set up a second for Firmino before scoring two of his own.
And that latter pair are just one place away from setting a Premier League record for Liverpool.
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Salah’s assist for Firmino was the 17th time the two of them have combined for a Premier League goal. That’s a huge figure.
In fact, only one pairing has ever combined for more at Liverpool, per Opta Joe. We have to go all the way back to the 90s for this one.
Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler – two players forever synonymous with one another – combined for 24 before the former left for Real Madrid.
Now, they also played with each other for six Premier League season. That far outweighs the three-and-a-half that Firmino and Salah have.
So can the current pair overtake the two Scousers?
It’ll come down to time. Give them enough of it and they’ll surely find one another eight more times. It’s simply whether they get it.
Both will be 29 by the time next season rolls around. A new summer signing could interrupt their combination, then, but they’ll need this season and the next one at their current rate.
So we’ll just have to wait and see. But if Liverpool keep faith in them over the next 18 months, they’ll surely go down as their most productive Premier League pairing.