Salah the Centurion
Egypt’s goal king hits 100 for Reds
Published: Sep 28, 2021 03:08 PM
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (center) scores against Brentford on Saturday in London, England. Photo: VCG

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (center) scores against Brentford on Saturday in London, England. Photo: VCG

Another week and another ­Mohamed Salah record, with the Liverpool winger scoring his 100th English Premier League goal for the Reds during their 3-3 draw against Brentford.

The Egyptian star is the fastest player to reach a century of Premier League goals for Liverpool and the third-fastest in club history to a century in the league.

Salah's century came in 151 Premier League games, with Roger Hunt bringing up 100 in 148 games and Jack Parkinson doing so in 149 games - though both of them scored in the old Second Division so not all of them were in the top flight.

That means that the "Egyptian King" has bettered the other seven Liverpool players to reach 100 English Premier League goals: Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey, Steven Gerrard, Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Keane, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.

The 29-year-old came in for praise from his boss Jurgen Klopp.

"Absolutely great. Sensational. Come on, the way he stays greedy is absolutely sensational but on top of that how the boys play together tonight - there was a situation with Sadio [Mane] where he wants to find him where Mo could have finished off probably as well.

"So I like that a lot as well. We played a good game. I know what people think about Liverpool vs Brentford but what I like about the game is the boys were not like this is, they didn't think they must be superior in all situations.

"We fought hard, and we had to. With the ball, I was really happy with the performance. Without the ball, when the ball was in the air, not so much."

Klopp was confused about the milestone after the game - it was only earlier this month that Salah celebrated his 100th English Premier League goal, which included two for Chelsea much earlier in his career.

He said, "But he didn't do that today? It was already for 100? Ah that was for Liverpool, another milestone not surprised. Mo would've liked 101 today but he will."

He will indeed. The records have just kept coming since he signed from Roma for 36.5 million pounds in 2017.

Comparisons with other star players, such as Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich scoring machine Robert Lewandowski.

"Mo Salah is absolutely up there with him [Lewandowski] - there's no doubt about that," Klopp said when asked after the Brentford game.

"Mo is a goal machine, definitely. His professionalism is absolutely second to none. He does absolutely everything to be always fit, to stay always on track - first in, last out, all these kind of things. So, that's Mo," the German told the media.

"On top of that, apart from his technical skill set and all these kind of things, he's desperate to score goals and that's helpful as well. That's exactly the same like it is with Lewi, and that's good, very helpful.

"Whatever you do on the pitch, whatever you create, whatever you initiate, you need somebody who brings the ball over the line or in the back of the net - and Mo is absolutely there with the best I ever saw, he knows that. The numbers he has are insane.

"I'm obviously blessed to work with some good players during my career."

Klopp will surely hope that he can continue to work with Salah, though the Eyptian's contract is up soon.

Salah's agent Ramy Abbas has fueled concerns among supporters with his posts on social media - and there was another after the Brentford game.

Abbas retweeted a post praising Salah from Optus Sport: "Liverpool FC has existed for 129 years. No Reds player has ever gotten to 100 top-flight goals quicker than Mo Salah. Not Gerrard. Not Torres. Not Suarez. Not Fowler. No one. He's a winger. The Egyptian King is already a bonafide Anfield legend."

The agent added one word: "Yup."

This followed another social media post on the opening day of the season when  Salah scored against Norwich City.

"I hope they're watching" Abbas tweeted after Salah opened his account.

Klopp had dismissed concerns over Salah's contract in the run-up to the Brentford game.

"Obviously the only thing I am really interested in is how Mo looks, how sharp he is, how committed he is at the moment and that's absolutely spot on. Really good.

"That's everything. There is nothing new to say about [the contract]."

Klopp said that the squad ­celebrated Salah's English Premier League century after the Leeds United game, when Salah became the 30th to reach the mark and the fifth-fastest of all time.

Only Alan Shearer (124), Harry Kane (141), Sergio Aguero (147) and Thierry Henry (160) brought up a century quicker than Salah's 162 games but his century for Liverpool only is faster than Henry.

"A player who epitomizes our insatiable appetite to achieve more recorded an incredible milestone at Elland Road last week. Mo Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal that afternoon," Klopp wrote in the Liverpool matchday programme.

"Because of what happened with Harvey [Elliott] we weren't really in the celebration mood immediately after. But we needed to recognize this remarkable feat as a collective.

"The next day at the training ground we all came together to congratulate him. What a player, what a professional, what a person.

"We appreciate him so much you cannot believe. I remember on the final day of last season, when he just missed out on the Golden Boot, our dressing room was so gutted for him because of all he'd done for us during a really tough season to keep us in the race.

"He really is an inspirational figure and as a club we have benefited so much from his hunger for goals. And that's not to forget all his assists.

"I don't understand cricket at all. I really don't. But I believe '100 not out' is a phrase that is connected to that sport? That's Mo… 100 on the board but more to come."

There will be more to come and Reds fans hope that they will be for Liverpool.
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