By G9ija

The Egyptian’s decisive strike running from his own half to score with 10 minutes left as Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1 at Southampton was hugely important for the title race. It puts the Reds back above Manchester City, albeit having played one game more.

It was Salah’s 50th strike for Liverpool in the Premier League, becoming the quickest Anfield player to reach that landmark, taking the record previously held by Fernando Torres.

The speed at which Salah has amassed Premier League goals for Liverpool leaves him in good company among the top-flight’s greatest strikers.

A return of 50 goals in 69 games means he is third on the all-time list, behind only the league’s overall top scorer Alan Shearer (who spent his Premier League career with Blackburn and Newcastle) and Ruud van Nistlerooy (Manchester United).

The 26-year-old already holds the record for most goals (32) in a 38-game season, beating the likes of Shearer (Blackburn in 1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, 2007-08) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool, 2013-14).

He beat England captain Harry Kane to the Golden Boot award in 2018 and he is second in the Premier League top scorers list again this season with 18, one behind Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Salah is one of just eight Liverpool players who have reached a half-century of Premier League goals and by achieving the feat in 69 games has beaten Torres’ previous record of 72 matches.

Torres was one of the Reds’ most prolific scorers – netting 65 league goals in 102 appearances – and only Salah (44) has scored more in all competitions in his debut season than the Spaniard (33).

Salah’s record-breaking debut campaign was capped by the Premier League player of the year award – only Suarez and former England international Michael Owen had previously won it as Liverpool players.

He has gone on to pick up four Premier League player of the month awards, which only former captain Steven Gerrard (six) can better.

The Egyptian has been unable to surpass all-time leading Liverpool scorer Ian Rush’s record of 44 goals in a calendar year – though he equalled Roger Hunt and Robbie Fowler’s tally of 37 in 2018.

All good forwards are a threat in any position but Salah’s trademark is his runs in behind and he’s scored 47 of his 50 league goals from inside the box.

He also likes to cut in from the right wing and has scored 41 goals with his left foot.

Salah is at his most dangerous on the stroke of half-time – scoring 18% of his goals in the last five minutes of the opening half, including stoppage time.

His single goal in added time was a brilliant strike in the 91st minute of a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in February 2018.

Surprisingly, Salah hasn’t been as prolific against the bigger teams.

He has only scored once against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in the league and scored one goal in a 1-1 Merseyside derby draw with Everton in December 2017.

Watford are Salah’s favourite opponents. He has scored six times against them -including a four-goal rout in a ruthless 5-0 victory in March last year, and one on his Reds debut at Vicarage Road in August 2017.

He is more likely to score in front of the home fans as he’s netted 29 of his goals in the Premier League at Anfield.

And if fellow forward Sadio Mane passes Salah the ball, there’s a good chance he will score then too, with the Senegal international providing the most assists (seven) out of all his Liverpool team-mates.

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