Every record broken by Mohamed Salah this season
In a season which has seen Salah go from strength to strength in a Liverpool shirt, the Egyptian superstar has broken several records along the way. From left footed goal records to nationality based ones, here is the comprehensive list of records that Salah has broken in 2017-18.
1. Most left-footed goals in one Premier League campaign
After the 4-1 trouncing of West Ham early in 2018, Salah broke a fairly obscure record by overtaking Robbie Fowler by scoring the most left-footed goals in a Premier League season, which was previously set at 19, while Salah now stands at 23.
2. Record-breaking performance against Watford
In his exceptional performance against Watford recently, Salah became the first Egyptian to score a Premier League hat-trick, scored the first Premier League hat-trick ever under Jurgen Klopp’s management, scored his first ever personal Premier League hat-trick, and his fourth goal meant that he scored more goals than any other player in their debut Liverpool season.
While it is not a record, he also became just the third African player to score four goals in a Premier League game after Efan Ekoku and Yakubu Aiyegbeni, although the latter managed to do so on two occasions.
3. The only third Premier League player to score in 21 different games
The Watford game was followed by an international break, and following his goal against Portugal he picked up where he left off in the Premier League against Crystal Palace where he continued to break records.
His late winner for the Reds meant that he equalled Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie for the record of the amount of Premier League games in which he scored in one season on 21, while still having 6 games in which to take the outright title.
4. Most goals scored by an African in one Premier League campaign
Another record which he has equalled is that of most goals by an African player in a Premier League season, as his 29th goal of the season matched that of Didier Drogba in 2009-10 in which the Ivorian famously scored against Liverpool to effectively seal the title for the Blues.
5. The best Egyptian goalscorer in Premier League history
Despite playing 50 Premier League games less than compatriot Ahmed Hossam Mido, Salah managed to surpass the former Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic, and West Ham forward to become highest-scoring Egyptian in the history of the Premier League.
Mido managed 22 goals in 94 league appearances, nine less than Mohamed Salah, who scored 31 [29 for Liverpool & two for Chelsea] in only 44 games.
6. Most goals scored by a Liverpool player in a season in the Premier League era
The Egyptian’s 37th strike of the season against Crystal Palace meant he scored more goals for Liverpool than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Robbie Fowler’s tally of 36 in the 1995/96 campaign, despite the Englishman needing 12 more games than the Egyptian to reach this number.
– Most Premier League goals in a season?
Despite his wealth of achievements, Salah is not done yet. In his sights currently is the all-time record for Premier League goals in a 38 game season which is currently held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez on 31, which Salah has 6 opportunities in which to score the three goals required to get the outright record.
There is also a good chance to break the Premier League goal record regardless of games played, which is held by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole on 34.
– More club records in sight
Salah can also break some club records for Liverpool, as Ian Rush has the most top-flight league goals in a season for the club on 32 for with Salah just three goals behind, while a more ambitious record would be Rush’s 47 goals in all competitions which will require another seven by the 25-year-old, and will be heavily reliant on Liverpool’s Champions League run. As Robbie Fowler said, long may it continue.
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