Following what might be described as a slow start to the season in terms of personal form, the Egyptian King Mohamed Salah has once again been reminding the Premier League just how good he is.
The constant debate amongst fans as to which players are superior in their respected positions will always be present and, while opinions remain fair, there has to be some respect for Salah’s achievements since joining Liverpool in 2017.
Salah took fans worldwide by surprise, showing astonishing ability in his opening season as a Liverpool player. Having left the Premier League on a permanent basis in 2016 to explore the Serie A, the former Chelsea forward returned in breath-taking fashion, smashing the record for most Premier League goals in a 38-game season.
The Egyptian notched 32 times himself, while also laying on 10 assists for his teammates. A truly remarkable season, which subsequently earned him the PFA Player of the Year award.
Naturally having achieved such highs on his return to England, the eagle-eyed critics appear to jump at the chance to knock his confidence. Needless to say, it was always going to be a huge ask to maintain such spectacular form.
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But despite continuous expectation for him to fail, Salah continues to achieve.
Not only is he now a European champion, but he scored an all-important goal in the final too. Last season by no means did he match the heights of his debut season at the club, but he was still exceptional. In the Premier League alone, he contributed to another 30 goals, with 22 for himself and a further eight for his teammates. One season wonder? I don’t think so…
Two Golden Boot awards in, and Salah is now participating in his third campaign as a Liverpool player. Already he has lifted the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup and, although he has endured a rather quiet season by his standards, hopefully he lifts the Premier League too.
All the talk this time out has been about his partner in crime, Sadio Mané, and that’s fair — he too is a phenomenal player in his own right. Despite that, though, the 27-year-old continues to go about his business.
It could be argued that he is currently in the best form of the season so far, having been directly involved in seven goals in his last seven Premier League games — most recently adding two goals in the home demolition of Southampton.
Regardless of opinions, Salah’s achievements since joining the club are nothing short of ridiculous and he’s certainly not about to stop any time soon. For three consecutive seasons he has found himself in double figures, baring in mind this season has a lot of football left to be played. Once more he finds himself as the club’s top scorer and, further to that, no player has directly contributed to more Premier League goals since his arrival.
To be honest there would be a fair argument to suggest he’s still a firm candidate for a third Golden Boot in a row. A truly amazing player.