Mohamed Salah will fancy his chances of extending his record of opening day goals in the Premier League.
The Egyptian has scored in the first game of every single one of Liverpool’s last five seasons. That’s a Premier League record.
Liverpool have been paired with newly-promoted Fulham for a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, August 6th.
It’s a tricky looking fixture for The Reds, no doubt. The Cottagers swept to the Championship title last season, scoring a record 106 goals.
But it could have been much worse, too. Ever confident, Salah will go into the game expecting to break his own record.
Looking back at Salah’s strikes
It seems a long time ago now, but Salah’s first competitive goal for Liverpool came on his very first competitive start after signing for £34m.
That came away to Watford in August 2017. Latching onto Roberto Firmino’s looped ball over Heurelho Gomes, Mo bundled an untidy finish into the net. The first goal of many as it turned out!
After an incredible debut campaign saw him bag 44 goals in all competitions, much more was expected from Salah ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Once again, he got off to the perfect start, this time against West Ham United. Loitering just outside the six-yard box, he fired Andy Robertson’s perfect ball across the goal into an empty net.
The following season saw European Champions Liverpool open the season at home to Norwich City. To the surprise of few, Salah slid home a trademark finish from a perfect Roberto Firmino pass in the first-half to go three for three.
So far so brilliant. But better was to come.
Mo takes it to the next level
Whilst beginning the defence of their Premier League title in 2020/21, Salah laid down a real statement of intent for Liverpool against Leeds United. In-front of an empty Anfield, Mo smashed in a hat-trick.
Then, the record-clincher, and probably the best of the bunch, at Carrow Road last August. Once again Norwich were Liverpool’s opponents as they played in-front of a full stadium for the first time in almost 18 months.
Mo played to the crowd. Hanging out on the edge of the area during a Liverpool corner, Salah collected the defensive clearance and fired a lovely left-footer through the crowd and into the net.
Five in a row and another remarkable record in a remarkable career.
As Mo ticks into the last year of his Liverpool contract, it could well be his final chance to add to his record.
Fulham stand in the way in seven-and-a-bit week’s time. Knowing Salah’s desire for personal betterment, he’ll be aware of his record and desperate to get another. You certainly wouldn’t bet against him.