Even the most prophetic of Liverpool fans and football pundits across the world would have struggled to predict the impact of Mohamed Salah on the Premier League and in Europe this season. Initially, many were even skeptical about the Egyptian’s ability to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League, with many recalling his stop-start career at Chelsea and wondering if he’d be able to recreate his impressive Serie A form on the red half of Merseyside under Jurgen Klopp. However, with 31 Premier League goals – 43 in all competitions – and multiple records broken, nobody is questioning the winger’s credentials anymore and keeping count of the several Mohamed Salah records has become a favourite pastime among the Reds fans.
With his brace against former club AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie, Salah shattered a number of other records to put him even closer to history. Ahead of the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday (May 2), we take a look at some of most impressive Mohamed Salah records from a historic year and the ones he still has a chance of breaking.
Mohamed Salah Records
1. Highest scoring African in the Premier League
Salah is the latest in a long line of African players to grace the Premier League, but arguably even the greatest African player in Premier League history, Didier Drogba, will agree that even he could have only dreamt of matching some of the Mohamed Salah records this season.
Salah became the highest scoring African player in a single season with his 30th goal of the campaign against Bournemouth. It saw the winger surpass Drogba’s 29 goals from the 2009-2010 season and also made Salah the highest scoring Egyptian to ever play in the Premier League. The 25-year-old star also broke Samuel Eto’o’s record of eight Champions League goals in a season (Inter Milan, 2010/11) against Manchester City in the UCL quarter-finals. He needs just six more league goals to enter the top 10 for an African player in the Premier League.
2. Most goals by a Liverpool player in a single season
Salah’s two against Roma lifted him to 43 goals for the season, just four shy of Ian Rush’s all-time club record of 47 set during the 1983/84 campaign (which ended with a European Cup final win against Roma). The winger has at least four more games to surpass the Welshman’s tally – five if Liverpool reach the UEFA Champions League final.
A Mohamed Salah record in the waiting, this one!
3. Most goals scored by a player in any of Europe’s top five leagues
With his two goals against Roma, Salah is now on 43 goals for the season in all competitions. He has now scored more goals this season than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently on 42. Considering the results of their respective first legs ties against AS Roma and Bayern Munich, the duo will most likely meet in the Champions League final in Kiev and have a chance to settle this mouth-watering duel.
4. First Liverpool player to score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season
The recent brace against AS Roma put Salah in a league of his own in terms of Champions League goal-scoring. With 10 goals and counting in this season’s campaign, Salah is the first Liverpool player to reach double figures in a single European campaign, although Roberto Firmino’s second half double also puts him on 10 Champions League goals for the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most amount of European goals in a single season with an incredible 17 but this yet another Mohamed Salah record to savour for the Liverpool fans.
5. Only the fifth player to be involved in 40+ goals in a single Premier League season
To go with his 31 Premier League goals so far, Salah has also recorded an impressive 10 league assists and has become only the fifth ever player in the history of the league to be involved in more than 40 goals in a single season. The Egyptian has followed in the footsteps of Andy Cole and Alan Shearer in their 34-goal seasons, Thierry Henry for Arsenal in 2002/03 and Liverpool’s very own Luis Suarez in 2013/14.
6. Most goals by a Liverpool player in a debut season
Fernando Torres previously held this record with his 24 goals in the 2007/2008 Premier League season for the Reds under Rafa Benitez.
Mohamed Salah’s 31 goals so far in the current campaign puts him way out in front, although his brief spell at Chelsea prevents him from being counted for most goals by a Premier League player in a debut season – a record held by striker Kevin Phillips from the 1999-2000 season (30).
7. Most Player of the Month awards in a single season
A real gem among the many Mohamed Salah records, this one. Salah is the first player to win the Premier League’s Player of the Month award three times in the same season. The newly crowned Professional Footballer’s Association Player of the Year scored six league goals last month to win the March award, adding to triumphs in November and February.
8. Most games scored in a Premier League season
Until this season, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie held the record for the most amount of games scored in a Premier League campaign (21). Salah has already surpassed that number as he has registered a goal or more in 23 different league matches so far in 2017/18.
Coming to his exploits in all competitions this season, he has scored in a total of 33 games this term and has already eclipsed Ian Rush’s record of scoring in 31 matches during the historic 1983/84 season – a Liverpool record.
9. First Premier League player since Ronaldo to score 40+ goals in a single season
Salah’s record breaking efforts this year have put him in exclusive company. His recent goal against Bournemouth was his 40th gboal of the season in all competitions, a feat matched only by one other Premier League player – Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-2008.
Ronaldo bagged 42 that year, meaning that Salah has already eclipsed Ronaldo’s goal-scoring record with 43.
10. Most left-footed goals and first Egyptian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League
Twenty-four of Salah’s 31 league goals this term have come with his left foot. The record was previously held by former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, who scored 19 left-footed goals during the 1994/95 Premier League campaign.
Liverpool’s magical No. 11 also became the first ever Egyptian player to score a Premier League hat trick when he stuck four past Watford in a 5-0 win earlier in the season.