How does £34m Liverpool star's outstanding goal record compare to the greats?


How does Mohamed Salah's goal record compare to the greats?

Just how good is Mohamed Salah’s goal record? Does it compare well to the greats? We have a look at the Egyptian’s time with the Reds.

The Athletic put up some interesting stats on Thursday about Mohamed Salah’s goal record. They compared his minutes/goal ratio to other legendary Liverpool forwards to show just how good he’s been.

No one in the Reds’ history can match Salah’s rate. He’s bagged a goal every 133 minutes, eight minutes better than his nearest rival, Billy Liddell.

Of the Premier League era, Michael Owen comes closest with 148 minutes, with Robbie Fowler on 153.

Salah stands on his own, then, as a prolific Liverpool goalscorer.

He’s up there as a Premier League goalscorer, too. Salah sits two goals away from 100 goals in England’s top-flight and he can get there as fast as Thierry Henry with a brace on Saturday.

Only Alan Shearer, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero can top that, per the Athletic.

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But what about for his own era? How does Salah compare to the world’s best strikers since joining Liverpool in 2017?

Mohamed Salah’s goal record

Let’s have a look at some of the best goalscorers across Europe, then. We’re looking purely at total goal here, rather than an average.

That’s because we believe the more you contribute to your team, the better. Being missing for half the season should work against you, rather than in your favour.

So with that in mind, here’s how Europe’s best look from 2017/18 through 2020/21:

Robert Lewandowski: 184 goals

Lionel Messi: 165

Cristiano Ronaldo: 145

Kylian Mbappe: 132

Mohamed Salah: 125

Ciro Immobile: 124

Harry Kane: 122

Romelu Lukaku: 106

Karim Benzema: 99

Luis Suarez: 98

Sergio Aguero: 91

Now, there are certainly some things to consider. Progression in competitions mean some players did have more opportunities to play than others. Nearly everyone played roughly the same number of games, however.

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In fact, only Messi, Suarez and Immobile didn’t make it all the way to the Champions League final at least once in this period.

But as we head into Salah’s fifth season, it’s pretty clear that he’s one of the absolute greatest goalscorers around. He’s available every week, scoring regularly, delivering trophies, and in a top league.

We’d argue that he’d be ahead of Mbappe if he were in Ligue 1 – but then, the Frenchman is still very young and only getting better.

So while Salah doesn’t belong in that very clear top group, he’s arguably the best of the rest. One of the world’s most elite goalscorers and not slowing down.

Let’s see where this stands in a year.

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