The November international break has finally come to an end, and now, we have four months of club football that will see various clubs vie for supremacy in the title races across Europe, and various lethal goalscorers eke it out for the Golden Boot award as well.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski currently leads all players in Europe’s top five leagues with an astonishing 13 goals, followed by Ciro Immobile, Karim Benzema, and Mohamed Salah, who are level at 10 apiece, whilst Erling Haaland and Giovanni Simeone trail in hot pursuit with 9 goals.
Similar to Benzema and Lewandowski, Salah’s contract expires in 2022 and whilst Liverpool have wrapped up various contract extensions for the likes of Alisson, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson, they are yet to agree an extension for Salah, who turns 30 in June. Only time will tell whether Liverpool decide to splurge and tie the Egyptian forward to a long-term deal that will attach him to Anfield throughout the rest of his prime, but one thing’s for certain: he hasn’t let this contract saga affect his form.
With 11 goals and 7 assists in 12 matches, Salah is delivering an astonishing 0.92 goals per 90 in the league. This season is proving to be a nail-biting title race with Manchester City (3/4) and Chelsea (23/10) neck and neck with the Reds (43/10), but if Salah maintains his scintillating form at Anfield, the odds could be in their favor.
After joining Liverpool in June 2017 for a club-record fee of £43 million, Salah enjoyed a world-class campaign that saw him score 32 league goals and become the Premier League’s all-time goalscorer for a 38-game season, whilst also playing a vital role as the club advanced to the Champions League Final where they would lose to Real Madrid.
Salah signed a long-term contract extension at Liverpool and followed it up with another ferocious campaign that saw him win his second straight Golden Boot with 22 goals, sharing the spoils with fellow African forwards Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In Europe, Salah scored crucial goals against Bayern Munich, Porto and Tottenham to lead Liverpool to their first Champions League trophy in 14 years and the first silverware of the Jurgen Klopp era.
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By: Zach Lowy
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