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The Player Behind the Name: Mohamed Salah, Part Two

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Part two in our look at Liverpool’s prolific number 11

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

In Part One of this two-part segment we talked about everything Mohamed Salah had done as a player for both club and country up until signing for Liverpool. In Part Two, we take a look at his achievements this season and look forward to the second half of the season with some fun statistics and facts.

Player accolades and achievements to date

Salah was awarded the CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012 and in 2013 he was awarded the SAFP Golden Player award for being the best player in the Swiss Super League.

As a Liverpool player, Salah was named CAF African Footballer of the Year and the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017 and has been named the Premier League Player of the Month four times this season.

The gift that keeps on scoring

Since scoring his first league goal as a Liverpool player (in the 3-3 draw to Watford on the first day of the season), Mohamed Salah has enthralled the Liverpool collective fanbase week in, week out, with his lightning quick pace, his skill on the ball and his continuous goal scoring. Game by game Salah is proving that Liverpool owe AS Roma some serious millions as the club paid a mere GBP 36.9 million when he was bought during the summer. Salah is without a doubt the Premier League signing of the season. No Liverpool player has scored more than 14 goals (in all competitions) since Luis Suarez got 31 during the mad season that was 2013-14. Salah hit the 14 goal mark in November already and is currently on an incredible 27 goals in all competitions with 21 goals (and 6 assists) in the Premier League to date.

Just a little comparison

For fun, I went onto Squawka and did a little comparison matrix between Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to see how they rank up in their respective league matches for the current season thus far.

http://www.squawka.com/comparison-matrix#|la_liga/2017/2018/lionel_messi/862/862/1569/0/p|la_liga/2017/2018/cristiano_ronaldo/862/862/232/0/p#total

Our boy certainly more than holds his own. Someday people will refer to Messi as the Argentinian Salah… You’ll see!

Salah on Salah

During his very first interview as a Liverpool player, Salah said that he felt he was returning to the Premier League as a player who had improved 100% and matured in his game after a few years away and having played under a few different managers since José Mourinho.

He also promised that he would give absolutely everything as a Liverpool player and was insistent that he wants to win titles with the club stating that he was very happy to finally be at Liverpool. And thus far he has kept his every word!

A startling but totally interesting fun fact

BeIn Sports took an intriguingly close look at exactly how fast Mohamed Salah is and the results were amazing!

In AS Roma’s match against Fiorentina last season, Salah covered 70m in just seven seconds starting from zero and according to an analysis conducted by athletic sprinting specialists, this means that would be able to complete the 100m race in a mere 10 seconds. Also worth noting is that Salah sprinted across a humid grass surface which would be expected to create added resistance between his feet and the pitch, a negative to overall speed.

With that incredible pace, Salah could realistically become one of the top eight professional athletic sprinters in the world today.

Lastly, something sweet just because

These are from the Getting to Know series on LFCTVGo

First thing he does every morning: smile and then keep quiet for a couple of minutes
What makes him happy: He is always happy, so life basically…
What makes him angry: losing an important game
Favourite English word: love

And we all absolutely, frigging love Mohamed Salah. Long Live our Egyptian King!

Up the Reds.