Mohamed Salah has suggested that he’s ready to match Kevin De Bruyne for Premier League assists this season.
Salah and De Bruyne have won three out of the last four ‘Playmaker of the Year’ awards in the division. The Manchester City man has two awards to Mo’s one, with the Egyptian also finishing runner-up to De Bruyne last season.
And speaking during the Liverpool squad’s new season media duties as seen on YouTube today, Salah was asked who will get the most assists this year.
“Myself as well!” laughed the 31-year-old. “Myself and De Bruyne! We’ll see.”
With De Bruyne out injured for a little while now, Salah has the chance to impose himself on that race. Having set up Luis Diaz for Liverpool’s first goal of the season at Chelsea, he’s already on the board.
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Salah turns creator in chief
As well as being an insight into just how much Salah backs himself, this is also a nod to how his game is changing.
In the early parts of his Liverpool career, he was much more of a goal scorer than a goal creator.
That isn’t to say he didn’t do his bit. In his first three Premier League season at Anfield he posted 10, eight then 10 assists again.
But after a lean season in 2020/21 (five assists), Salah has taken his creation game up another level.
In the past two campaigns, Mo has registered 13 and 12 assists respectively. With one to his name already in 23/24, you’d have to back him to hit those figures again.
Certainly, if pre-season is anything to go by, then Mo will is going to relish playing in Liverpool’s stacked forward line. He couldn’t stop creating, with Darwin Nunez in particular feeling the benefit.
We always prefer to see Salah on the scoresheet, but over the past few years he’s become well versed in doing both. Go get him, Mo!