When Mohamed Salah scored the decisive goal in the Premier League match against Southampton last month, he assured his place among the Anfield greats. This was his 50th Premier League goal for the team, and he had reached the landmark in fewer matches than any of those who had come before him.
Salah remains on track to finish the Premier League at the top of the goal scoring tree – when he scored against Newcastle at the weekend, it took his tally to 21, keeping him one ahead of Sergio Aguero. According to the sportsbetting sites, he is now odds-on to win the Golden Boot for the second season in succession.
There is no denying that Salah has become Liverpool’s most powerful force up front since joining from Roma two years ago, and he has now scored 54 goals in 73 Premier League appearances. But just how big could he become, and will he surpass the records of some of the Premier League era’s true greats?
Arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2007 with a £20 million price tag, Torres was very much the Salah of his day. His contribution to the team was similarly dramatic, and his partnership with Steven Gerrard was the stuff of legends. His Premier League record of 65 goals in just 102 games will be the next target on Salah’s hit list.
If ever a man went from hero to villain, it was Michael Owen. His move to Real in 2004 and then on to Manchester United won him few friends on the Anfield terraces. However, that overlooks the remarkable contribution he made to his first club. Eight years saw him score 118 Premier League goal in 216 outings and he was a big part of Liverpool winning the treble in 2000/01.
The 2013/14 season was a magical one for Suarez. His 31 Premier League goals won him the Golden Boot, and he also picked up the European Golden Shoe for good measure. His three seasons at Anfield came and went in a flash, but he contributed 69 Premier League goals in 110 appearances.
The whole Spice Boys era is something that is easy to mock. But regardless of what he was wearing off the field, Robbie Fowler is simply the biggest goal machine Liverpool has had in the Premier League era. 128 goals in 266 games is a record that will prove hard to beat.
Can Salah outscore them all?
On the face of it, even Fowler’s remarkable record looks to be well within Salah’s reach. He scored 32 goals in his first season, is likely to end up on around 25 this year and the contract he penned at the end of last year will see him at Anfield till 2023. But already, the rumour mill is at full speed with whispers that Salah is seeking an exit this summer.
If he sees out his contract, a goal tally of 130 will be attainable and would see him overtake Fowler. The question is whether any top player will stay around for that long in the modern era.