Mohamed Salah had a point to prove upon his return to England following his failed spell at Chelsea.
The Egyptian touched down from Rome with a bang, but the question was whether he could sustain such form over the course of a season. It’s now April, and with Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals and a top four place seemingly wrapped up, Salah has cemented his place among the world’s best.
His latest salvo came in today’s 3-0 win over mid-table Bournemouth.
A cracking long ball found an on-rushing Salah, who dispatched an impressive header past ‘keeper Asmir Begovic. While showcasing the 25-year-old’s goalscoring versatility in scoring a difficult header, the goal was characteristic of Salah’s fantastic pace, timing and movement throughout the season.
Such pace, timing and movement reminds one of a former Liverpool star in Luis Suarez. Indeed, Salah has now matched Suarez’s streak of scoring in seven straight home matches in the league.
Mohamed Salah has scored in every game at Anfield since Boxing Day. pic.twitter.com/7fmk1WQ4kD
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) April 14, 2018
The goal was his 30th in the Premier League this season, leaving him just one off joining some very exulted company in Messrs Shearer, Ronaldo and the aforementioned Suarez.
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) April 14, 2018
In another staggering milestone, it marks the forward’s 40th goal in all, leaving him just seven behind the record haul of Liverpool legend Ian Rush, which the Welshman accomplished in the double-winning 1983/84 season.
40 – @22mosalah has become only the third different player in Liverpool history to score 40+ goals in all competitions in a single season after Roger Hunt (1961-62) and Ian Rush (1983-84 and 1986-87). Unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/0IrUc8Wmio
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 14, 2018
He has also edged out Chelsea hero Didier Drogba. The Ivorian was formerly the highest scoring African player in a Premier League season with 29 goals in another double-winning season in 2009/10.
??? Mohamed Salah has either scored or assisted in 25 of his 32 appearances in the Premier League this season.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) April 14, 2018
Salah has at least six games to break the record of Rush, potentially seven games if Liverpool reach the final of the Champions League.