Sensational Salah nets 40th goal to join Liverpool royalty
Egypt international and Liverpool sensation,Mohamed Salah
By Adesina Idris
London, April 14, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Egypt international and Liverpool sensation,Mohamed Salah scored his 40th goal in all competitions this season as Liverpool stayed on course to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.
With the feat, the reigning African player of the year joins the ranks of Liverpool royalty.
Only Roger Hunt and Ian Rush have managed that feat before. One more league goal and Salah will join Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez as joint top scorers for a 38-game Premier League season, although the chances are he will go out in front.
Against Bournemouth today, it was another African sensation, Sadio Mane of Senegal who opened the scoring at Anfield on Saturday in the seventh minute
Salah added a second midway through the second half and Roberto Firmino wrapped up the win late on.
Salah is the first African-born player to reach that mark in a Premier League season, and he also became the fourth Liverpool player to net 40 goals in all competitions.
He may even reach or pass the 34 goals Shearer scored in the original 42-fixture Premier League, though for the moment Liverpool are sufficiently impressed with the Rush connection.
“Thirty-one years since Ian Rush scored 40?” Jürgen Klopp asked in mock disbelief. “He doesn’t look that old. Was he 14 years old at the time? Mo knows the way we play suits him. Perhaps the boys were searching for him a bit too much, but it is a win-win situation. He wants us to be successful and we would love him to get the Golden Boot.”
With four Premier League games to come and a Champions League semi-final against his former team Roma, Salah will be hopeful of making the season even more special.