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Mohamed Salah is currently neck and neck with Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot award.

With two games to go for each player, they are tied on 22 goals apiece.

Third on the list is Bruno Fernandes, with 18 goals. However, the Manchester United man only has one more game to play, so it is highly unlikely that he will catch Salah or Kane.

So the Egyptian and the Englishman will battle it out to win their third Premier League Golden Boot each.

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Tonight, Salah will travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley along with his Liverpool teammates. The Reds have to win in order to keep their top-four hopes in their own hands.

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Before this, though, Kane and his Tottenham Hotspur side host Aston Villa knowing that a win will almost guarantee them a spot in next season’s Europa League.

On Sunday, Liverpool and Spurs’ final games of the season kick-off at the same time, with Crystal Palace travelling to Anfield and Spurs facing Leicester City.

That final game is the big reason why the 2021/22 Golden Boot race could be the most important in years.

If one or the other wins the Golden Boot, Liverpool will likely get top-four

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In short, if Mo Salah wins the Golden Boot, Liverpool will be in a great position to finish in the top four. Obviously, if he bags a few goals in the next two games, the Reds will probably win them.

Kopites undoubtedly would love to see their key man get rewarded for his phenomenal season which has kept his side in the hunt for Champions League football.

But there is a scenario in which Kane winning the award would also benefit Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool can only finish above Leicester on goal difference. Two wins will see them on a GD of at least +23. The Foxes, with a game extra played, currently have a GD of +20.

So, assuming Liverpool win both games, Brendan Rodgers’ side would have to beat Spurs on the final day by at least three goals.

With Kane vying for the Golden Boot, he will do everything he can to get on the scoresheet against Leicester.

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There is also the possibility that this will be Kane’s last game for Spurs. He is certainly agitating for a move so he will want to go out on a high.

If Kane scores a few against Leicester, it will be near-impossible for them to best Liverpool’s goal difference.

Equally, a Leicester defeat to Spurs would mean that one win and one draw would be enough for Liverpool. As would one win and one loss, again goal difference-permitting.

The ideal scenario is Liverpool win both their games by a few goals, with Salah bagging a bucket-load. That way, they don’t have to worry about how Kane and Spurs are faring against Leicester.

Yet the 28-year-old’s desire to win the Golden Boot, finish his Spurs career on a high and encourage any potential suitors that he is worth the rumoured £150m (per Forbes) that Daniel levy wants for him can only be a good thing for the Merseysiders.

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