A number of amazing statistics regarding the start to life made by Mohamed Salah at Liverpool have come to the fore this evening, after the electric winger found the net during his side’s clash with Bournemouth.
Egyptian wide-man Salah made his return to the Premier League during the summer, after Liverpool splashed out a fee that could eventually rise to 50 million Euro to bring the former Chelsea man in from Serie A outfit AS Roma.
And he has certainly not taken long to settle back into the rigours of the English game, having already popped up with an incredible 18 goals and 4 assists (before today) between the Premier League and Champions League to this point in the campaign.
Liverpool travelled to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth in a Premier League clash this evening, with the Reds coming into proceedings on the back of a disappointing 0-0 stalemate with struggling West Bromwich Albion last time out.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, saw an impressive 90 minutes at Old Trafford during the week eventually produce no points, though the Cherries no doubt took a number of positives from their 1-0 loss.
However, any renewed confidence on the part of Eddie Howe’s men was quickly extinguished this evening, as Jurgen Klopp’s travelling Reds blew the hosts out of the water with 3 first-half goals.
Philippe Coutinho got things started for the visitors, lighting up the Vitality with a majestic run and finish after 20 minutes.
And it was 2-0 soon after, as Roberto Firmino did brilliantly to hook a cross back across the Bournemouth box following a corner, with Dejan Lovren on hand to head home.
And the game was effectively put to bed as a contest just before half-time, as man of the moment Mohamed Salah netted yet another splendid goal for the Reds, cutting back past two defenders to expertly curl home into the bottom left-hand corner of Asmir Begovic’s net.
The strike has since given rise to a number of incredible statistics, with some of the best below:
Salah joins Sturridge as the 2nd fastest Liverpool player of all time to reach 20 goals. 26 games. Quicker than Torres, Suarez, Fowler, Rush etc. https://t.co/RGvyyl7Per
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) December 17, 2017
Mohamed Salah becomes the first Liverpool player to get 20 goals in a season before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986-87 (with thanks to @ged0407).
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) December 17, 2017
Most goals in English football this season (all competitions)
Mohamed Salah 20
Harry Kane 18
Jack Marriott 18
Christian Doidge 16 pic.twitter.com/cm3UQ8mH5u
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 17, 2017