Can Mo Salah become a Liverpool legend?

Can Mo Salah become a Liverpool legend?

After arriving from Roma in the summer in a huge £39 million move, many were left scratching their heads as to why Liverpool had parted with such a huge amount of money for a player who failed to perform at Chelsea.

However, as with so many current Premier League superstars right now, Salah has left his Stamford Bridge nightmare behind and is in a scintillating vein of form.

Salah has scored 32 goals in 39 matches in all competitions since joining Liverpool from Roma last summer and within only a matter of months has become a fan favourite with his own song at Anfield.

And Rush, Liverpool's all-time leading goalscorer, believes Salah could one day be named alongside other Liverpool greats.

Ian Rush Said that Mohamed Salah can become a Liverpool legend but he must play here for several years. Rush added. "Mohamed Salah has done a fantastic job so far. The fans love him. Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez were outstanding players too. They did not become legends because they left the club after a relatively short period.

If we analyse his season so far, we can get some results as follwoing:

He is the fastest Liverpool player to score 20 goals in a season in the Premier League. It only took Salah 25 goals to reach the landmark; eclipsing the 27 it took Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge.

Salah became only the fourth player to score at least 20 Premier League goals for Liverpool in a season. Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez are the other players to have achieved the feat before Salah.

In terms of the modern Premier League era, Salah now ranks fourth for goals scored in the first 25 Premier League matches for a club, tied with Newcastle duo Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand. Sunderland's Kevin Phillips holds the record with 24 goals, followed by Newcastle's Andy Cole on 22 goals.

The Egyptian forward is only the fourth African player to score 20 Premier League goals in a single season. Emanuel Adebayor, Didier Drogba and Nwankwo Kanu are the only African players in history to have achieved the feat.

He is the quickest player to reach 25 career goals for Liverpool in the last 102 years, after reaching the milestone in just 32 games.

He currently holds the best Premier League goals per minute ratio for any Liverpool player who has scored five or more. Salah scores a goal every 93 mins, with Torres on one every 121 minutes, Sturridge: 131 minutes, Suarez: 139 minutes, Owen: 142 minutes, Fowler: 159 minutes, Camara: 161 minutes, Benteke: 169 minutes and Mane with a goal every 175 minutes.

With Liverpool still having 9 Premier League matches to play and potentially another six in the Champions League, Salah is on the brink of surpassing the achievements of other cherished Anfield striking legends.

 

That production has Liverpool fans literally singing his praises.

“If he’s good enough for you / He’s good enough for me,” Liverpool supporters shout in a new song in Salah’s honor. “If he scores another few / Then I’ll be Muslim too!”

British fans are notoriously the most poorly behaved in the world, according to statistics kept by FARE Network (formerly Football Against Racism in Europe), a London-based nonprofit that studies discrimination in soccer.

It analyzed 1,378 soccer matches during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and recorded 539 incidents of racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, nationalist and Islamophobic nature, according the group’s monthly reports. British fans were responsible for 59 of those incidents, more than any other country.

And then along came Salah, and fans have quite literally changed their tune.

“This is the first time I’ve seen such an exuberant, overt, positive appreciation that includes [a player’s] religion,” FARE Executive Director Piara Powar said.

Liverpool fans have taken to affectionately calling Salah, a native of Egypt, “The Pharaoh” or “The Egyptian King.”

There have been other songs, too:

“He’s running down the wing,” one goes. “Egyptian king!”

“We brought the lad from Roma and he scores in every game,” starts another. “He’s Egyptian and he’s brilliant and Mohamed’s his name!”

It’s another case of a simple truth in professional sports, Piara said: Winning makes everybody feel good. Salah is playing very well, which excites fans, making them more apt to accept his ethnic and religious background when they may have not before.

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