The common refrain from pundits in determining a great forward is someone “who can get you 20 goals a season”.
Mohamed Salah has managed that feat in his debut season at Liverpool, and all before Christmas.
Of course, it’s not his first season in the Premier League – a tough spell at Chelsea saw him make just 19 appearances and scoring only two goals. His 34 goal resurgence at Serie A side Roma made Jurgen Klopp see fit to take a chance on the winger, and the rest is history.
25 appearances later, and the African player of the year winner has fired home 20 goals for the Reds.
The latest of those came today away to Bournemouth, as, at the time of writing, Liverpool were romping away with the win at 3-0 up. An Oxlade-Chamberlain pass saw Salah outrun Charlie Daniels at the edge of the box. Having also beaten Nathan Ake, he coolly sent the ball into the far corner.
The significance of his stellar season has not been lost on the statisticians.
Mohamed Salah becomes the first Liverpool player to get 20 goals in a season before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986-87 (with thanks to @ged0407).
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) December 17, 2017
Mohamed Salah has set a new record.
Simply magnificent ? pic.twitter.com/kwmxYRxCGu
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 17, 2017
Staying injury free is now his main priority, although Jurgen Klopp’s rotation policy this month has come in for criticism, if only because we don’t get to see Salah and co. work their magic every fixture.