Liverpool's Egyptian King has had another productive week.
Maybe “relentless” is a good word to use. He hasn't shown any signs of slowing down in his four years with the Reds. Salah is currently playing as brilliantly for Liverpool as he has ever been.
And what a terrifying concept for defenses.
He has eight goals and three assists so far this season. He climbed into the Reds' all-time top ten goalscorers last weekend at Brentford, while also becoming the fourth-fastest player in Premier League history to reach 100 goals for a single club. On that list, only Alan Shearer, Harry Kane, and Sergio Aguero are ahead of him.
He was at it again on Tuesday night, with two goals against Porto bringing his total to 31 in the Champions League. Only Didier Drogba has more African players on his team. Only Steven Gerrard stands out among Liverpool's players.
The numbers are absurd; 133 goals in 211 appearances for Liverpool, as well as 45 assists. Only Gordon Hodgson, the Reds’ great centre-forward of the 1930s has a better goals-per-game ratio, and nobody has reached 100 league goals for the club quicker.
Fittingly, his goal against Brentford saw him break Roger Hunt’s record in that regard. Hunt, who passed away on Tuesday aged 83, would certainly relate to Salah’s hunger, drive and single-mindedness.
They may have come from different worlds, and played in different eras, but their names most definitely belong alongside one another, together with the likes of Hodgson and Ian Rush, Gerrard and Kenny Dalglish, Billy Liddell and Robbie Fowler.
Salah's adventure will come to an end somewhere. He'll almost certainly be looking for the next rung on the career ladder. With 19 more goals, he'll surpass Harry Chambers as the Reds' all-time leading scorer, and he'll pass Michael Owen with 26. He has a chance to achieve both goals this season based on his current play. The only ones left to catch are Dalglish, Fowler, Gerrard, Liddell, Hodgson, Hunt, and Rush.
It's no surprise that fans want him to extend his contract with the club. Salah's current contract expires in the summer of 2023, and despite Liverpool sources' hope that a deal will be achieved, negotiations have stalled.
It would be a massive contract, possibly the biggest in club history, but Salah is the only player who can justify such an investment. If there are any concerns that the circumstance will distract the athlete or harm his performance, they will be allayed each time he takes the field.
His consistency is astounding. He plays every week and scores every week; he has made 48 or more appearances and scored 23 or more goals in all competitions in each of his four seasons on Merseyside. He has played at least 3000 minutes in each of the last four Premier League seasons. Few footballers are more durable, devastating, and decisive.
Henderson stated last week, "He's been terrific since he came to the club." “He is a terrific young man; he works tirelessly off the training field, heals properly, and lives his life in such a way that he is ready to play in every game.
“He's gotten his due, he's been outstanding.” And hopefully he'll be able to accomplish that for us for the rest of the season and beyond.”
Klopp will undoubtedly like this to be the case. The Reds manager is well aware that his team's objectives are heavily reliant on the form and fitness of a few key players, the most essential of whom is Salah. Liverpool are not Premier League or Champions League challengers without his goals, as well as his intelligence, work ethic, and unwavering belief.
“His figures are outrageous, incredible,” Klopp said after the Brentford game, before adding that Salah would be reminiscing about the chances he had missed rather than the one he had taken that day.
Salah, sure enough, made atonement three days later in Portugal. Two goals on two shots. When he was replaced midway through the second half, his expression suggested he had more than half an eye on the hat-trick as well.
Klopp, who both understands and promotes Salah's single-minded attitude, smiled. He aspires to be the best, and in doing so, he raises the collective level of Liverpool.
It's no surprise that the Reds have grown into one of the world's best club sides since his arrival from Roma in 2017. Salah's performance, along with Henderson's, Virgil van Dijk's, Sadio Mane's, Alisson Becker's, and Trent Alexander- Arnold's, has pushed Klopp's team to new heights: Champions League triumph in 2019 and the Premier League crown the following year. World champions, record-breakers, and history-makers, all led by a smiling, softly spoken Egyptian.
Manchester City is next on Salah's radar. A high-octane Anfield showdown that should reveal a lot about the ambitions of the last two title winners.With a win, Liverpool will go into the international break four points ahead of the reigning champions. If City lose, they will move to the top of the standings, having previously visited Stamford Bridge and Anfield. From there, Pep Guardiola's team would fancy their chances.
Salah, on the other hand, has harmed them in the past and you wouldn't bet on him doing so again this weekend.
The huge stage is built for big players, and Liverpool's No.11 is one of them.
He's worth whatever he gets in his new contract.
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