Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has recorded the second quickest sprint time in the Premier League this season.
According to a post from OptaJoe on Twitter, only Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger has posted a faster time than the Liverpool man.
Salah’s speed of 36.6km/h was just a decimal point slower than Rudiger’s 36.7km/h. Amazingly, Salah managed to match the top speed of the lightning fast Adama Traore.
Even more amazingly was Ibrahima Konate’s presence in the top six. The big centre-back recorded a top speed of 36.2km/h. Just fractionally behind Rudiger, Salah and Traore, Ibou came in fourth in the rankings.
Mark Lawrenson suggested earlier this week that Konate is getting beaten to easily from straightforward balls through the middle.
The criticism seemed harsh. But if that really is the case, then at least he has the pace to get back to recover.
Some of the hesitancy to over Salah a new, improved, contract at Liverpool could be because of the Egyptians age.
Football still treats turning 30-years-old as the point that players start to decline physically. Mo hits the magic thirty in June, but as this data proves, he’s showing no sign of slowing down.
Salah’s pace is one of the key components of his game. It pins defences back and also aids Liverpool’s counter-attacking threat.
However, even without it, Mo isn’t exactly short of strings to his bow. A lot of the time he is surrounded by opposition players and doesn’t have the space to run into anyway.
As the wonder goals against Manchester City and Watford this season show, Salah can hurt you in tight spaces too.
But there’s no denying that he wouldn’t be as threatening without his frightening speed. Luckily for Liverpool, it doesn’t look like he’ll lose that anytime soon. Get that contract sorted, Reds!