Mo Salah has taken the Premier League by storm since he arrived at Liverpool. After another electric start to the season, Jason Pettigrove explores whether now the Egyptian can be considered the world’s best.
When Mo Salah slalomed his way through the Manchester City defence recently, before unleashing a drive that was far too good for Ederson in the City goal, the move and finish had all the hallmarks of Lionel Messi.
The Egyptian King’s brilliance was there for all to see. Brought to bear against one of Liverpool’s biggest rivals and in one of the games of the Premier League season.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going and all that. The cream rising to the top.
It was a jaw-dropping strike, and certainly worthy of being an early goal of the season contender.
It’ll take something very special indeed to beat it that’s for sure.
We shouldn’t be surprised of course. Salah has been turning on the style ever since he pitched up at Anfield.
In the best Liverpool squad in years, perhaps in a generation, he stands much taller than his five-foot-nine-inch frame.
A hundred Premier League goals in 162 games places him fifth in the list of quickest to the mark, just two games slower than Thierry Henry and 21 more than Harry Kane in second place (141 games)
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His game is about much more than goalscoring, however, and given that he’s in his prime years as a player, it’s certainly worth asking the question as to whether he’s the best in the world at this moment?
There’ll be plenty of debate with the names of Haaland, Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo being thrown into the equation, but it’s Salah’s consistency levels that really set him apart.
He already has nine goals from nine games in all competitions in 2020/21 as well as three assists, with six of those goals coming in the Premier League, putting him at the summit of the top scorers list at present.
It’s no wonder then that BetVictor currently have him at 9/4 favourite to be there at season’s end. Romelu Lukaku at 5/2 and Cristiano Ronaldo at 7/2 might have something to say about that, though neither are anywhere close to Salah’s scoring regularity of a goal every 105 minutes.
The Portuguese has certainly made his mark since returning to Old Trafford, and has already written a few headlines in the short space of time since his second debut against Newcastle.
If Mohamed Salah scores vs Watford on Saturday he will become the highest scoring African player in Premier league history.
Didier Drogba – 104 goals
Mohamed Salah – 103 goals
— SalahHub (@SalahHub) October 14, 2021
A player that is used to setting the narrative and who can be relied upon in the game’s biggest moments, he clearly believes that he still has a point to prove, and that’s what will drive him to push Salah all the way in 2021/22.
And yet there is such ease with which Liverpool’s No.11 is currently playing the game. No trying too hard, nothing needs to be forced, and that poise and grace is also allied to the same steely determination possessed by Man United’s No.7.
A better squad will also be more conducive to getting more from Salah, whereas Ronaldo has already shown that he needs to be chief cook and bottle washer where chance creation and execution is concerned.