Ronaldo this, Hazard that. But when it comes down to Premier League era, people are sleeping on the Egyptian King….
I sit here writing this as Mo Salah is half way through his 4th season at Anfield, and is on course for his third golden boot. He holds the record for most Premier League goals in a 38 game season, scoring 32. Thirty-two league goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Thierry Henry, some of the best footballers we’ve ever witnessed in English football, none of them ever reached that amount.
In Salah’s first season at the club, he was originally brought in to be a rotation option with Sadio Mané, and was Liverpool’s plan B signing, with Julian Brandt plan A. Little did we know, we were signing one of the best players in our clubs history. Yes he’s that good. Salah scored 44 goals that season and guided Liverpool to our first Champions League final for 11 years. Things sadly didn’t go our way in Kiev that night, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid. But with winners like Salah in the ranks I was in no doubt we’d be back there again.
We know what went wrong in Ukraine, the board did too. Liverpool went out and signed Alisson Becker that summer, after only recently buying Virgil van Dijk. Thank you Coutinho and thank you Barcelona. £142m loooooooool, but anyway. Liverpool were building, we were leaving the banter era that was following us for almost a decade. Without Mohamed Salah, I don’t think any of it is possible.
Champions League Redemption
In 2018/19, Salah won another golden boot, shared with Mané, but more importantly, won the Champions League and reached 97 points in the league, just missing out to Man City. It was no longer just individual awards he was winning, he started with the biggest prize in the game. And don’t bother with that World Cup nonsense, international football is not a serious sport and I’ll write about why we shouldn’t take it seriously soon, but back to Mo.
Ending the wait
Salah was at the forefront of our attack for our first title win in 30 years, yet you’ll still have nonsense in the media from the likes of Graeme Souness talking about how Salah is “too greedy”. Mate if he’s scoring 20+ goals a season and leading us to trophies, you fire ahead Mo. But do you know what the funniest part is? A lot of the time it looks like he genuinely can’t kick a football. He is so confusing to watch. He has a weird stance, powerless shots but it somehow works. He’s incredible, at time of writing he is already on 16 league goals in 22 games. He has 89 league goals in three and a half years. He is our 7th highest goalscorer of all time!! He’s been here since 2017. After his Chelsea spell, to come back and become the iconic figure he is today is nothing short of amazing.
I’ve always been worried about getting too attached to him, because I always assumed he’d break my heart and leave the club. But if that day ever comes, I won’t hold any feelings towards him other than love. He’s given me two of the best nights of my life, his goal against Spurs in the Champions League final, that feeling will stay with me forever. Thank you Mo.
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