‘Who is to say’: Merson issues honest prediction on one Liverpool player
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‘Who is to say’: Merson issues honest prediction on one Liverpool player

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Paul Merson has backed Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to ‘be up there’ for the 2022/23 Premier League Golden Boot with Darwin Nunez, Harry Kane and Erling Haaland, via his Sportskeeda column.

Salah ended speculation over his Anfield future on July 1 by putting pen to paper on a new contract through to the summer of 2025. The Egyptian had entered the final year of his previous terms worth £200k-a-week, and is now earning £350k-a-week in line with his efforts with the Merseyside natives.

His new terms also include several performance-related clauses, per The Guardian, that will reward Salah for his goals and assists. And scoring has not been a problem for the 30-year-old since moving to Liverpool from Roma in 2017 for £34m, having so far hit home 156 times across 254 appearances.

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Of Salah’s efforts in a Liverpool shirt to date, the 83-cap international has recorded 118 goals and 50 assists over 180 Premier League games. His hauls of 32 in 2017/18, 22 in 2018/19 and 23 in 2021/22 also led to Salah sweeping the Golden Boot, although he shared the honour in 2018/19 and 2021/22.

Paul Merson backs Mohamed Salah of Liverpool to ‘be up there’ for PL Golden Boot

Merson expects Salah will be in the mix for another Premier League Golden Boot in the new season, which Liverpool kick off on August 6 at Fulham. The Arsenal icon also expects to see Tottenham star Kane contending for individual honours, alongside Manchester City’s £51m summer arrival Haaland.

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Another Reds star could be in contention, as well, after Jurgen Klopp signed Nunez from Benfica for £64m, rising up to £85m. Merson can see the Uruguayan being a threat to Salah for another Premier League Golden Boot, which would level the Egyptian with Thierry Henry as the only player with four.

He wrote: “Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez also has to be up there, doesn’t he? I’m intrigued to see how this lad turns out, because I haven’t seen much of him so far. Is he as good as his price tag suggests?

“Mohamed Salah will also be up there, as he always is. He signed a long-term deal with Liverpool and already has three Premier League Golden Boots to his name. Who is to say he doesn’t have another one left in him?”

Henry won four Premier League Golden Boots during his time with Arsenal with honours in 2001/02, 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06. Salah currently sits in second in the standings beside Kane (2015/16, 2016/17, 2020/21) and Alan Shearer (1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97) for those with three each so far.

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