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Liverpool's fastest 50 goals
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 01 - 11 - 2018

Egypt's superstar Mohamed Salah broke yet another record this week to remind everyone he's still the main man for the Reds and their biggest hope if Liverpool are to win the Premier League and Champions League this season. Salah became the fastest man to reach 50 goals for Liverpool as he netted twice in his 65th outing for the club on Wednesday evening as Liverpool hosted Red Star Belgrade at Anfield. Salah's two strikes were his first Champions League goals this season after he failed to find the back of the net against PSG and Napoli respectively.
For his first goal, Salah finished emphatically after collecting an exquisite Xherdan Shaqiri pass in the first half before smashing home a Sadio Mane-won penalty in the second to produce his half-century in a 4-0 victory over the visitors. Salah's brace ensured he reached the milestone 12 games faster than his nearest rival in the club's 126-year history. Taking a look at the legendary Reds forwards that the 26-year-old edged out in claiming his record, Albert Stubbins, who was signed by the Reds in 1946, is second in the list now, netting his 50th Liverpool goal in his 77th appearance, 12 more than Salah. Roger Hunt did it in 79 games while George Allan, Jack Parkinson and Sam Raybould did it in 81 appearances. El Nino, or Fernando Torres, who is surely the most familiar name on the list, did it in 84 games. All these past names are considered true legends in the history of Liverpool which makes Salah's achievement even more mind-blowing.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Salah after the game and made it clear that he never doubted Salah during his mini-goal drought and stressed that Salah himself did not worry one bit about the situation. “I think he would say thanks to his teammates because it's quite difficult to score goals without these wonderful passes and crosses,” Klopp said. “Like tonight, the first goal he scored was [from] genius little link-up play of Shaq – I don't know how he did that. It's good that we maybe can stop talking about that [his scoring record] – it helps a little bit.
“I'm not in doubt, he was not in doubt, but if you are constantly asking about it, then it is like, ‘something obviously is wrong, or people are not happy' or whatever. You should not think about it, you should not constantly think about how can I score again? It only happens if you work hard, if you are in the right spaces, if your teammates see you in the right moments and if you make the right runs, then you can score. It is an exceptional number and hopefully he can continue.”
Salah himself could not hide his delight after the game when asked about his astonishing achievement.
“That's great. I'm happy to score 50 goals for Liverpool. I'm very proud about that and I hope to keep scoring to help the team win games,” he told BT Sport. Salah continued: “It was an important game. We knew before the game it was going to be tough, but the most important thing for us is the three points. We are doing well now.” Salah also praised fellow strikers Mane and Roberto Firmino as both of them joined him on the score sheet in the 4-0 win. “I think we knew how to play with each other,” Salah said. “The way we play is always different, the style, the system is always different, so today at the beginning it was a little bit tough but we know how to play with each other. We know our quality and we are happy with each other.”
There maybe no stopping Salah now as he continues his blistering form following a man of the match display against Cardiff in the league and in which he netted once and supplied two assists as the Reds won 4-1 to go top of the Premier League at the time of writing (Manchester City face Tottenham away from home later in the week). Salah has now notched four goals and two assists in the last three games to take his tally for the season to seven goals (five in the league and two in the Champions League).
Next up for Salah and Liverpool is the most in-form side in the league, Arsenal. Let's hope Salah will continue his rich form against the Gunners who had an 11-game winning streak snapped by a draw with Crystal Palace.


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