No matter what he does, it seems like Mohamed Salah is constantly playing with a point to prove.
Liverpool’s season has gone horribly off the script in recent weeks, but the Egyptian has continued to consistently perform at the highest level.
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Where would Liverpool be without Salah this season?
His latest goal helped his side claim a crucial Champions League victory at RB Leipzig, although it remains to be seen if this gets Liverpool back on track ahead of their GameDay clash against Everton on Saturday. live on talkSPORT.
Friend and former teammate Dejan Lovren thinks we’re seeing the best of Salah right now.
Lovren told talkSPORT: “Individually, when you look at the number of goals he’s scored, he’s doing incredible right now.
“Mo is in the prime of his football career at 28. He may seem a little older, but he’s at the top of his form, so why not stay another four, five, six years?”
Is Salah getting enough love?
The stats certainly back that up, with Salah now scoring 24 goals on the season. Tuesday’s strike was his 118th, putting him on the same level as club legend Ian St John, who needed 239 more matches to reach the same total.
Perhaps Salah is a victim of his own success. His first season at Anfield was out of this world as he scored 44 goals for Liverpool in 2017/18. However, he is shooting at a similar rate in this period as the statistics below show, although his creative output is a touchdown.
Salah 2017/18 general vs Salah 2020/21 cubits ahora
Holdings in PL: 36
Goals PL: 32
PL assists: 11
Total games: 52
Overall goals: 44
Total assists: 16
PL Holdings So Far: 23
PL goals so far: 17
PL attends so far: 3
Total appearances so far: 34
Overall goals so far: 24
Total assists so far: 4
He’s not at the level of his first season in Liverpool, but he’s close. At the same stage in 2017/18 he had 18 Premier League goals and 25 overall, but in 2020/21 he has 17 league goals and as mentioned he has 24 in all competitions.
He’s alone on Liverpool’s goalscorer list this season. Sadio Mane is the second top scorer in the Premier League this season with just seven under his belt.
Perhaps the reason Salah is being underrated is because Liverpool are underperforming as a team this season. They are currently sixth in the Premier League and out of the title race, coach Jurgen Klopp himself admitted.
But where would Liverpool be without goals from Salah? talkSPORT.com has resolved that his goals have earned Liverpool 12 Premier League points this season, meaning they would be as low as 15 without him.
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Salah has ten more league goals this season than Liverpool’s second top scorer, Mane
Salah puts Premier League points on the board
Three goals in the 4-3 win over Leeds (3 points) One goal in the 2-2 draw against Everton (1 point) One goal in the 2-1 win over West Ham (2 points) One goal in the 1-1 draw against Manchester City (1 point) One goal in the 1-1 draw against Fulham (1 point) One goal in the 2-1 win over Tottenham (2 points) Two goals in the win by 3-1 over West Ham (2 points)
And yet this is not enough in the eyes of some people. Praise on Salah’s leadership was lacking after the goal against Leipzig, and talkSPORT host Jason Cundy and a Liverpool fan said they would rather have Kylian Mbappé, who certainly had a storm against Barcelona, in Jurgen’s XI. Klopp.
Meanwhile, Simon Jordan raised concerns about Salah’s overall play following Liverpool’s 3-1 loss at Leicester last weekend, a match in which Salah scored.
He said: “The contribution of Salah’s goals cannot be devalued, but other than goals, which I know are an integral part of winning a game, his overall performance on the field is poor.
«Look at the third goal [against Leicester], the ball that hits inside, careless. Give away the third goal ”.
However, any suggestion that he only contributed goals this season was lost thanks to FBref statistics posted on Twitter showing Salah has the third most offensive joint pressure of the five major European leagues.
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Salah is not a goalkeeper. Contrary to popular belief, it can change
Third most aggressive pressures in Europe
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): 186 Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg): 186 Patrick Bamford (Leeds): 177 Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa): 177 Jonathan David (Lille): 172 Kike (Eibar): 165 Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): 159 Sadio Mane (Liverpool): 151 Joselu (Alavés): 150 Denis Bouanga (Saint-Etienne): 148
Salah’s contributions to Liverpool are appreciated by other major clubs, with Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge comparing what he is doing at Anfield to Lionel Messi’s work at Barcelona and what Cristiano did at the Real Madrid.
“At the moment it is not in our plans to sign him, but it would be a real honor to have a player like him,” Rummenigge said earlier this month.
“In my opinion, Salah is the Messi of Africa and of course he has the skills to play for the best teams in the world.
“What he [Salah] what he has achieved can be compared with what Messi and Ronaldo did with Barcelona and Real Madrid ”.
If they compare you with players like Ronaldo and Messi, you are doing something right
Salah is about to eclipse Ronaldo’s goal tally at Manchester United. They are both at 118 goals for Premier League clubs, however Salah did so in 106 fewer games.
And even Ronaldo’s former teammate Rio Ferdinand admits that Salah is something special and will be remembered as a great Premier League player.
After Liverpool’s win over Leipzig, Ferdinand told BT Sport: “It just shows that the standards of this kind that you have set are so high, but you keep them.
“For the best players it’s not about one or two seasons, it’s about keeping it for three, four or five seasons and he’s doing it.
“He is going to fall as one of the best to play in the Premier League, definitely as a scorer, because those levels are enormous.”
The mark of a great really comes when his rivals appreciate him, although Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbors hope they won’t see Salah’s team being underrated time and again by some.
What else does Salah need to do to prove that he is a Premier League and Liverpool icon?