Mohamed Salah can consider himself extremely unfortunate if he misses out on the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award later this season.
The Egyptian winger – winger, remember – has scored 23 goals and registered 10 assists in England’s top division alone this season. A truly remarkable return.
However, the £36.9 million summer signing is only the joint-second favourite to win the individual accolade as things stand, alongside Tottenham striker Harry Kane (who has scored one more league goal this season) and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
De Bruyne has only managed to score seven league goals this season – though he has contributed 16 assists – but he will be a worthy winner if, as expected, Manchester City finish the season as champions.
Still, there’s no getting around the fact that Salah’s goal tally is far more impressive than the Belgian’s this season.
De Bruyne has scored 11 goals in all competitions this term; Salah now has 31 following his latest goal against West Ham over the weekend.
SALAH IS ON COURSE TO SURPASS VARIOUS LIVERPOOL LEGENDS
The 25-year-old has already matched Luis Suarez’s highest scoring campaign for the Reds – and we’re not even in March yet.
He needs three more goals to surpass Fernando Torres’s best return (33 goals) and six more to surpass Robbie Fowler’s best tally (36 goals).
Highest scoring seasons for Liverpool:
🏴Fowler – 36
🇪🇸Torres – 33
🇪🇬SALAH – 31*
🇺🇾Suarez – 31
🏴Owen – 28
It's February 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/7y4vpPzO79
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 26, 2018
Assuming he can sustain his form between now and the end of the season, there’s no reason why Salah shouldn’t finish the campaign with at least 40 goals to his name.
Nobody could have predicted how prolific Salah would be at Anfield following his move from AS Roma last June.
WHAT MINA RZOUKI SAID WHEN SALAH SIGNED FOR LIVERPOOL
However, one BBC journalist must be seriously regretting what she said about the Egypt international shortly after his big-money transfer to Merseyside.
Mina Rzouki was speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live ahead of the 2017-18 campaign when she slated Salah’s ability.
“He is very good and direct and he has a lot of pace about him,” she said. “I’m not convinced of his footballing IQ. I do think he’s a player that tends to run forward and then looks second, which irritates me somewhat.
“For me, he is a flying [Juan] Cuadrado. And as much talent as both of those players have – they have the pace, they have the technique, they know what to do with the ball – it’s just channeling it at the right moments and making the right decisions when there is a lot of pressure.
“It leaves a lot to be required because I don’t think that’s what they have and you saw that when he played in the big games for Roma, against Real Madrid in the Champions League for example, and you just see that he doesn’t know where to go when under pressure.”
LIVERPOOL FANS ARE NOW SHARING THIS VIDEO
Liverpool fans haven’t forgotten what Rzouki said – and are now sharing a video of Salah scoring goal after goal with the journalist’s comments as the soundtrack.
Watch it here…
😂😂 Just put the sound on! pic.twitter.com/nzUfCL47PC
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) February 25, 2018
We don’t always get our predictions right, but you have to hold your hands up and accept the stick when you make a call as bad as this one.