Congratulations: Mohamed Salah becomes the 30th player to reach 100 Premier League goals
Mohamed Salah has become the 30th player to reach 100 goals in the Premier League after opening the scoring in Liverpool’s clash with Leeds United.
Salah’s goal in the 20th minute was assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The full-back, coming in from the right wing, hammed a classic low drilled pass across the edge of the six-yard box into the path of Egyptian, who opened his foot up expertly to guide the ball into the far corner, much like England cricket captain Joe Root showing the face of his bat to guide a ball through third man.
It was delightfully and effortlessly easy for Salah, a player already with two Premier League Golden Boot awards to his name and the all-time single-season goals record (31).
According to Simon Brundish, Salah achieved the record in just 13,014 minutes, with only Alan Shearer, Sergio Agüero and Harry Kane reaching the record in a faster time, and the Egyptian also has 40 assists to boot too — 17 more than Shearer, eight more than Agüero and 27 more than Spurs striker, Kane.
Salah’s 100th goal was just one highlight in an electric and superb performance, as he shone as the best player on the pitch by a distance. Every moment he had with the ball was an opportunity not just for him, but the players around him, who took their cues and began to come to life once the ball was at Salah’s feet.
The 29-year-old scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea, in a London derby win over Arsenal. He netted only one other goal for the Blues before heading to Italy for spells with Fiorentina and Roma.
Liverpool lured him back to England in 2017, and he took his career to new heights at Anfield.
He helped the Reds win the title in the 2019-20 season and despite the club disappointing in their defence Salah continued to impress and he became the first Liverpool player to score 20 goals in three different Premier League campaigns.
Salah was brilliant not just as a finisher but also a creator and defender. When Alexander-Arnold couldn’t reach the ball in the Leeds box, Salah sprinted back into the full-back position alongside Joël Matip.
That moment encapsulated Salah’s role as an exemplary leader in the team, and it was he who persisted in pressing and creating chances for his teammates — with Sadio Mané, in particular, absolutely desperate for a goal — as the game went on.
Given both Lukaku and Ronaldo are reportedly earning between £400,000-500,000 per week and Salah has not just outscored them over the last four seasons, but is far superior creatively and is absolutely critical to the Reds’ success over the last few years and any potential success in the coming seasons too, it’s only right that this phenomenal, record-breaking Liverpool legend receives the wage packet to reflect that.
At 29-years-old, Salah still has much more to give, and if he stays fit and healthy for the remainder of the season, he is as close a thing to a guarantee of silverware as can be.
Didier Drogba is the only other African to hit 100 Premier League goals, and the Ivorian’s record of 104 will be in Salah’s sights.