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For Mohamed Salah, a trip to Stamford Bridge is a reminder of the road traveled. The Egyptian has flourished since being released by Chelsea in his youth. As always, he will be eager to show his former club what he lacks Super sunday.

Heading to west London after an explosive start to the season, his winning hat-trick in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Leeds United on Matchday 1 prompted Gary Neville to say he was performing at “a level absolutely different ”. “He looks mean, he looks hungry, he looks strong,” added the Sky Sports expert on Monday night football.

The brilliance of Salah can sometimes be taken for granted. Jamie Carragher said his accomplishments were “underrated” after a 3-2 win over West Ham in February. But his devastating performance at Anfield on Saturday was a reminder that he is on track to achieve Premier League greatness.

Increase your expectations

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Gary Neville believes Mohamed Salah’s performance against Leeds shows he is playing at a different level from most players in the world

Gary Neville believes Mohamed Salah’s performance against Leeds shows he is playing at a different level from most players in the world

Salah is a victim of the extraordinarily high standards he set for himself in his first season at Anfield. He sent records that year, scoring a total of 44 goals in all competitions, including 32 in the Premier League – breaking the record set by Luis Suarez four years earlier.

Salah hasn’t hit those numbers since. In fact, his goal totals have trended downwards. He scored 22 Premier League goals in 2018/19, followed by 19 last season.

But take a look at his time at Liverpool as a whole and it becomes clear that his production is unmatched.

Since arriving at Anfield from Roma in the summer of 2017, Salah has scored 11 more goals than any other Premier League player, leaving Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero behind in his wake. He hit 26 more than his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane in the same time frame.

Scoring 76 goals in just 109 Premier League appearances is a remarkable achievement. And even after adding the 13 appearances he has made for Chelsea – in which he has scored twice – there are only four players who can improve his record.

Salah has more goals after 122 Premier League appearances than Thierry Henry.

This is all the more impressive considering that unlike the rest of the names on this distinguished list, Salah operates from the flank rather than as a central striker.

While his goal totals may have plummeted in the past two seasons, there is little in his underlying numbers to alarm. Salah has averaged around four shots every 90 minutes each season at Liverpool and his numbers for the opponents’ penalty area have actually increased year on year.

The difference is that he hasn’t finished his chances as clinically in the past two seasons as he did in the previous one, but his hat-trick against Leeds was a reminder of what he’s capable of. It could also hint that he’s ready for another scoring campaign like his first.

“Selfish” but also creative sequence

Salah celebrates his second goal with Roberto Firmino

Salah celebrates his second goal with Roberto Firmino

Neville spoke about Salah’s mentality as well as his ability to Monday night football, claiming that the 28-year-old’s thirst for goals reminds him of his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Mane is likable… he will do the altruistic thing for the team,” Neville said. “Then you look at Salah from the other side. He sometimes does not pass to his teammates. He’s a little more selfish and a little less likable because of it, probably to the fans and his own team. friends. ”

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Neville believes this selfish streak will elevate Salah into the squad of players vying to be considered the best in the world in the years to come and that side of his character is no secret. It even boiled tensions in August last year, when Mane reacted angrily to his refusal to pass him in a 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

It would be unfair, however, to suggest that Salah is only for himself. In addition to the 76 Premier League goals he has scored since joining Liverpool, there have been 28 assists. Since then, in the division, only Andrew Robertson, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have provided more.

Statistics suggest that the selfishness perceived by Salah may in fact be overestimated.

If his assists numbers aren’t impressive enough, consider the fact that only De Bruyne has created more open play opportunities since the start of the 2017/18 season. Salah’s total stands at 175 – an average of almost two for every 90 minutes played. Salah is a goal maker as well as a goalscorer.

Thiago to provide another lift

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Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol said Liverpool’s £ 25million deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is an ‘incredible undertaking’

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol said Liverpool’s £ 25million deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is an ‘incredible undertaking’

The worry for Liverpool’s Premier League rivals is that, with Thiago Alcantara finally on his way to Anfield, Salah is set to improve.

Thiago, who is due to complete his £ 25million transfer from Bayern Munich soon, will bring a new dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s side. His passing ability and technical skills will allow them to play in midfield rather than around it. He will offer Salah a new source of ammunition.

The 29-year-old is not an assist machine in the mold of Kevin De Bruyne. He plays deeper than the Belgian, controlling play and orchestrating attacks from the base of the midfield and most often providing the pass. before pass, as he did in preparation for Kingsley Coman’s game-winning goal in the Champions League final last month.

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Highlights of Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Leeds in the Premier League

Highlights of Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Leeds in the Premier League

But he still excels in selecting runners ahead of him and that’s good news for Salah, who is most dangerous when running behind opposing defense. The kind of passes he needs rarely come from Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and the rest. But, as Carragher says: “Thiago would bring something different”.

Salah will lick his lips at the prospect of feeding off Thiago’s passes. He started the season in the most emphatic style possible, but it looks like the best is yet to come from a player already destined for Premier League greatness.

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