Salah sec­ond only to Messi on Euro­pean goal chart

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - ON­DON - Goal

LMo­hamed Salah is back in t he groove f or Liver­pool, with only Lionel Messi hav­ing man­aged more league goals across Europe’s lead­ing di­vi­sions since the start of last sea­son.

The Egyp­tian for­ward was at his awe­some best dur­ing a Pre­mier League clash with Bournemouth yes­ter­day.

He had headed into that fix­ture without a goal in his pre­vi­ous three ap­pear­ances across all com­pe­ti­tions. Salah was very much in the mood against the Cher­ries, though, and helped him­self to an­other match­ball.

His f i rst of t he af­ter­noon t ook hi m to 40 Pr e mier League ef­forts for Liver­pool since sign­ing in the sum­mer of 2017. He t he n bagged a sec­ond, as he pulled clear of Harry Kane on 39 ef­forts in the Euro­pean goal chart, be­fore com­plet­ing his hat-trick wi t h a com­posed third. Salah’s third a g a i n s t Bournemouth means that he now has 42 league goals to his name.

Only Barcelona tal­is­man Messi can claim to have bet­tered that re­turn over the same pe­riod of time.

The me r c u r i a l Ar­gen­tine has plun­dered 43 ef­forts in La Liga.

Among those trail­ing in Salah’s wake are t he l i kes of Edin­son Ca­vani (38), Mauro Icardi (37), Cristiano Ron­aldo (36) and Robert Le­wandowski (36). Liver­pool will be hop­ing that there are plenty more to come from their star turn.

Salah man­aged 44 across all com­pe­ti­tions last sea­son and has now taken his tally for the cur­rent cam­paign to 12.

His stun­ning show­ing against Bournemouth helped Liver­pool to stretch their un­beaten start to the Pre­mier League sea­son to 16 g a mes a nd lifted t he m above Manch­ester City to the top of the ta­ble, ahead of the Bl ue s ’ meeti ng wi t h Chelsea.

Mo­hamed Salah.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Swaziland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.