The Egyptian is at the pinnacle of his career delivering record-breaking performances every week.
Mohamed Salah is arguably one of the best players in the world right now. Seeing his recent performances, hardly anyone can claim otherwise. With his run of consistency in a Liverpool shirt, Salah has paved way to becoming one of the all time greats in the Premier League. Even when Jurgen Klopp’s side dipped last season, Salah’s run did not decline considerably.
While Salah’s latest hattrick against Manchester United is still the talk of the town, here are five Premier League records he holds.
5. Most goals in a season
The return of Mohamed Salah to the Premier League, after spells in Fiorentina and AS Roma happened with a grand announcement. Breaking the pre-conceived notion of players struggling in their first full season in England, the Egyptian scored 32 league goals. This was the highest number of goals scored by a full-season debutant. It was also the highest number of goals scored by a player in a single season in the English top-flight.
Salah’s 32 goals in 38 games came with only one hattrick against Watford. Scoring in 24 games out of 38 – another record; the 29-year-old formed a formidable attacking trio alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminho. Klopp’s Liverpool made it to the UEFA Champions League final in the same season and finished fourth in the league. The prime goal-getter was, still, Mohamed Salah.
4. First player to score in five consecutive opening days
No one has been as consistent as Mohamed Salah in terms of scoring goals consistently ever since his first season in a Liverpool shirt. From the very beginning of the season till the very end, the Egyptian does not tend to slow down. He is the only player in the Premier League era to score in five consecutive opening day fixtures. In other words, Salah has scored for Klopp’s side in every single opening game since he joined in the 2017/18 season.
The streak started with a goal against Watford in his debut league game for the Reds. This has been continuing till this season with a goal against Norwich. In his second season, the opening day goal came away against West Ham, followed by Norwich and Leeds in the following seasons. At the peak of his powers, it will not be a surprise if Salah continues to score in more opening day fixtures.
3. Most Player of The Month awards in a season
The Egyptian’s 2017/18 season took everyone by surprise. Once termed a flop at Chelsea, Mohamed Salah announced his return with a record-breaking season. Another rare, yet underestimated record that he claimed in the campaign was winning the Player of The Month award thrice. The forward won in November, February, and March with a consistent array of performances.
Salah’s display of consistency was impeccable in the season. His goals were evenly spread out throughout the campaign, and rarely had any high-scoring matches followed by a slow down.
2. Highest scoring African in the league
Going into the match against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Mohamed Salah was on the verge of becoming the highest-scoring player from Africa in the Premier League. Not only did he claim the accolade in the 5-0 beating of his side’s arch-rivals Manchester United, but he did it in style. Scoring a hattrick, Salah took his active tally to 107, compared 104 of the previous record holder Didier Drogba. 105 of those came while playing for Liverpool, and the rest two were from his initial tenure at Chelsea.
Now at the top, Salah is joined by teammate Sadio Mane, who has also reached the 100-goal mark. Emmanuel Adebayor and Yakubu Ayegbeni make up for the fourth and fifth places behind the Senegalese.
1. First visiting player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford
Although it was more about Manchester United’s helplessness rather than Liverpool’s brilliance, Mohamed Salah stole the show at Old Trafford. Capitalizing every window of opportunity provided for them to score, Liverpool’s ruthlessness was based on Salah’s clinical finishing. With a scintillating hattrick, the exquisite forward became the first visiting player ever to score a Premier League hattrick at the theatre of dreams.
Salah scored the hattrick in just 12-minute intervals spread out between the two halves. His record-breaking performance was emblematic of his role at Liverpool. The side was as functional as it could get, yet Salah was the one who made the difference at a grand scale.