So, about Mohamed Salah being a one-season wonder…
After the Liverpool forward completed his phenomenal 2017-18 campaign, almost every rival fan was quick to predict that he would fizzle out and start to struggle in the Premier League.
Would he return to the form that saw him sold at Chelsea? Would English football’s top centre-backs simply learn how to stop him? The answer has been an emphatic ‘no’ to both questions.
Although Salah couldn’t replicate his statistics from 2017-18 – but, honestly, who actually could? – he still collected the Premier League Golden Boot and lifted the Champions League trophy.
We’re sure you’ll agree that that’s pretty good going and now Salah is entering his third season at Anfield in the kind of mood that made his first two so special.
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The Egyptian looked incredibly sharp during the Community Shield, which Liverpool eventually lost on penalties, and was unlucky to hit the woodwork twice at Wembley.
However, nothing could stand in his way during the Premier League curtain-raised against Norwich City, which saw Liverpool lay down a serious marker with a convincing victory.
The opening goal came virtue of a Grant Hanley own goal, before Divock Origi and Virgil van Dijk also penned their name on the score-sheet, and Teemu Pukki popped up with a consolation goal.
Salah is on fire at Liverpool
But Salah was also sure to find the net during that goal-rush, slipping a trademark left-footed finish past Tim Krul after being teed up in the area by Roberto Firmino.
It wasn’t exactly a wonder goal from the 27-year-old, but it was a suitable reward for a brilliant performance and one that spawned a series of incredible statistics across social media.
Firstly, it meant that Salah had scored in all of his opening Premier League games with Liverpool, having also opened the season with goals against Watford and West Ham.
Further to that, Salah has now scored against 21 of the 23 teams he’s faced in the Premier League, with only Manchester United (4 games) and Swansea City (2 games) escaping his wrath.
And across his entire Liverpool career, the former AS Roma striker has contributed to an astonishing 106 goals from just 103 appearances.
He compares pretty well against his rivals in Europe, too, with only Neymar having produced more games with a goal AND assist since Salah moved to Liverpool.
We could go on and on, but the fact of the matter is that Salah is staking a claim as one of the best players in the Premier League, Europa and world football in general.
As one of the most selected players in Fantasy Premier League, it seems as though plenty of fans are also backing him for a third consecutive Golden Boot.
And if Liverpool are going to win that elusive league title, then they’ll need their Egyptian talisman firing on all cylinders and it’s fair to say that he’s made the perfect start.
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