Liverpool are seemingly breaking records on a weekly basis these days, both individually for players and the manager, as well as for the club itself. It’s even more impressive when you think about how the Reds put themselves in the position to do so.
Liverpool are in the enviable position of having one of the greatest managers and motivators of all time in conjunction with having a strong and settled side. It’s rare these days to see the core of a team stay together this long, and we have the pleasure of seeing the results bear out as history is made in real time. Let’s take a few moments to delve into some of the fun stats, facts, and records broken as Liverpool humiliated Manchester United at the weekend.
“Only Mo Salah...”
It’s a running joke these days that seemingly every stat relating to another player begins with “Only Mo Salah” has more or better of whatever stay is being counted. Well, the Egyptian King has yet again put himself at the top of another statistical category. With his hat trick, he surpassed Didier Drogba for the most goals by an African in the Premier League. What’s even more impressive is that Salah reached the mark in 89 fewer games than Drogba.
Salah also became the first player to EVER score a Premier League hat trick at Old Trafford. He’s only the second Liverpool player ever to net three in a game there in all competitions. Salah also became the first Liverpool players to score three games in a row at Old Trafford, or as we now call it, Anfield East.
Mo is on scorching form, and has scored in 10 games straight. He now has more goals himself in the Premier League than the following teams: Spurs (9), Brighton (9), Wolves (9), Southampton (8), Leeds (8), Burnley (7), and Norwich (2).
In all competitions, Salah now has 15 goals and 5 assists in 1051 minutes. For those counting, that's a goal or assist every 52.6 minutes. It seems safe to say it, but I’ll let Trent do the talking for me:
He’s Boss, tha
Mo Salah isn't the only one that made history against Manchester United. With the win over Liverpool’s domestic rivals, Jürgen Klopp became the fastest Liverpool manager to reach 200 wins at the club. He reached the mark in just 331 matches, having a win rate of just over 60%. He got to 200 wins in 2 fewer games than Sir Kenny Dalglish, 19 fewer than Bob Paisley, and in 51 fewer than Bill Shankly. Talk about heady company.
Red Hot Reds
While individual records are great, it’s a whole lot more fun when they are being broken as part of a sensational winning team. To that end, Liverpool have now extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 22 games.
During that unbeaten streak, Liverpool have scored goals by the bucket load. The team has blitzed teams away from Anfield, scoring 3 or more goals in all 8 away matches this season. After winning 5-0 against both Watford and Manchester United, Klopp’s team became just the second in club history that won back to back league games by five or more goals, and the first to do it without conceding in either game.
Don’t forget to tune in for next week’s edition of “Only Mo Salah” and other fun facts!