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Mohamed Salah is now considered among the world’s best footballers according to teammates such as Ahmed Elmohamady. A Premier League Golden Boot winner, the fastest player to ever score 50 Premier League goals for the Reds and a European champion, the former Chelsea man is undoubtedly lethal.
And this time out, ahead of today’s massive trip to Old Trafford, Jurgen Klopp’s dominant side already look strong favourites to clinch the league title; already the Merseyside outfit find themselves with a substantial eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League summit.
Liverpool’s dynamic front-three, consisting of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah are pivotal to the club’s success, though it is the latter who has been the standout performer among standout performers since arriving at the club from Roma in 2017.
Salah spent time in the Premier League with Chelsea prior to his switch to Italy, but things never took off for the north African in west London; limited to just 19 appearances for the Blues during the 2014-15 campaign.
A successful loan spell in Rome saw the Egyptian permanently bought by the Serie A titans before Liverpool took a gamble on him two summers ago. The ex-Basel forward has now scored 77 goals and notched assists 32 assists, per Transfermarkt, at Anfield, helping the Reds reach back-to-back Champions League finals; the latest of which they won in dramatic circumstances having defied the odds to beat Barcelona in the semi-finals even though they were 3-0 down after the first-leg.
Salah’s move to the north west of England has taken Liverpool to another level, though there is still one feat he’s yet to achieve aside from winning the Premier League. Indeed, as pointed out by the Manchester Evening News prior to today’s game, Salah is yet to score against Manchester United in four attempts in the Premier League. Considering the intense rivalry between the two most successful clubs in English history and the Reds’ relatively poor record at the Theatre of Dreams since 2015, a goal today would surely only endear him further to the fanbase.
It is not all down to the 27-year-old, of course. There are many other world-class footballers all present at Anfield and a world-class manager at the helm, though there is no doubting that without him, they wouldn’t be the side they are today. If he scores today at helps Liverpool match Manchester City’s record of winning 18 league games on the bounce, it could be huge.
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