If there was ever any doubt, Mohamed Salah has now proven he wasn’t ever just a one-season wonder at Anfield, with the Egyptian superstar top of the league scoring charts after 17 games in his second year at the club.
In all competitions, Salah has 13 goals and five assists. It may not quite match year one’s otherworldly return, but it’s more than enough to convince former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler he’s one of the club’s most talented attackers—ever.
“I’ve played with the best at Liverpool, the likes of Rush and Barnes, Gerrard, and McManaman,” Fowler told The Star. “I reckon I know a thing or two about what it takes. Salah has similar qualities, no doubt.
“You saw last season this and you’ve seen it again this time around. Napoli was a brilliant example where he was the difference. So often he scores the first goal in a tight game, or the winning goal. It’s not a coincidence.”
When it comes to the conversation of all-time greats and where Salah might sit amongst the club’s legendary strikers, though, Fowler would rather everyone take a step back and give it some time—like maybe another five years.
As he sees it, being a great talent and being amongst a club’s all-time legends is a different sort of conversation—and that’s been a point of contention for him when people suggest a player like Luis Saurez should be in the latter conversation.
“I’m something of a stickler for longevity when it comes to greatness,” Folwer noted. “People go on about Luis Suarez, and no doubt he was a top player for the club, but one of their all time best players? Not a chance.
“He was only there for three and a bit seasons. It also leaves a bad taste in the mouth the way he left the club by so obviously engineering a move, not once but twice. I don’t think he qualifies at all.
“Which is my way of saying Salah has to stay for a lot longer and keep producing. I’m not even going to remotely compare him to Rush or the others in the top six goalscorers. I’m waiting for at least another five years I reckon.”