STATS THAT PROVE MO SALAH COULD BECOME THE VERY BEST PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER OF AFRICAN DESCENT.

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Salah has enjoyed a sensational first season at Liverpool following his switch from Roma last summer.

The Egyptian has broken all sort of record at Liverpool, having arrived for a then club record of £36.9m, which by distance look like a bargain now.

In all competitions this season, Salah has scored 36 goals.

Premier League goals: 28
Champions League goals: 7
FA Cup goals: 1
Total goals in all competitions: 36

He needs 47 to match Ian Rush’s record for the most goals scored by a Liverpool player in a single season.

Though Rush’s remarkable feat was not in the Premier League era. It was during the 1983/1984 season.

Can you bet on Salah not exceeding that?

I guess NO!

 

Salah who has made goalscoring his trademark, scored four times as Liverpool beat Watford 5-0 during last Saturday’s premier league clash, to take his tally to 36 goals in all competitions (28 in the Premier League); making him the first ever Egyptian to score a Premier League hat-trick.

During 2007/2008 season, Fernando Torres in his debut campaign scored 33 goals to become the first Liverpool player to score as much goals in his first season.

But now Salah has already surpassed that 10-year old record.

If he manages to score one more goal before the end of the season, which I’m sure he will, Robbie Fowler’s 22-year old record of 36 goals (achieved in 1995/96 in 53 games) for the most goals by a Liverpool player in the Premier League era will be gone with the wind.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are in the last eight of the Champions League and with seven games remaining in the Premier League, Salah have every chance of breaking more records if he stays injury-free till the end of the season.

Now let’s look at records the reigning Africa footballer of the year stand to break.

If he scores two more league goals, he will surpass Didier Drogba’s record for most goals by an African player in one league season.

The Ivorian who was 32 during the 2009/2010 season scored 29 goals in 33 league games as Chelsea won the league title.

Same number of goals will see him join the likes of Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Kevin Phillips, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez as players who reached the 30-goal mark in a League season.

However, 3 more league goals by the Egyptian will equal most scored in a 38 game season – Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo share that record.

34 goals will equal most ever scored in a Premier League season – Alan Shearer and Andy Cole reached the tally when it was a 42-game season.
But Salah could surpass that in a 38-game season only if he would average 1 goal per game from now till the end of the season.

As reported by talkSPORT, Gerrard, when asked whether Salah is the greatest African player in the history of the Premier League, told BT Sport: ‘It’s a tough one. Yes, probably.
‘I think you have to wait to see how he finishes the season, but if he continues to get goals and set a record, then you have to say yes.’

The Premier League has seen great players of African descent. The likes of Tony Yeboah, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo among others shone at different era in the Premier League and wrote their names on marble.

Now, a certain 25-year old  Egyptian who arrived the shores of England last summer make our eyes so glued to our TV screens every other weekend just as tourists try to fathom the mystery behind the Pyramids of Giza, for his endless ‘thrillers’.

The ‘Pharaoh’ didn’t survive the ‘Wilderness’ of Mourinho back then at Chelsea but his soujorn through the ‘Red sea’ made him a big hit in Rome.

Time will tell if he leads the Reds to the promised land.

Salah may not just become the very best in England, but a place in the podium among the very best in the world is within reach for the Egyptian superstar.

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