Henderson insists "computer game" Salah is better now than in 44-goal season

Mohamed Salah's numbers for Liverpool are like something out of a computer game according to his captain Jordan Henderson, who insists that the wider football world still don't rate the Egyptian as they should.

Salah hit his 100th goal for Liverpool in the recent Merseyside derby draw with Everton, reaching the century in a faster time than modern Reds greats such as Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

Indeed, the fact that Salah has reached his 100 at the start of his fourth campaign, when Fernando Torres (81) and Luis Suarez (82) failed to do so having both spent three-and-a-half seasons at the club underlines his achievement.

Henderson says he and his teammates are lucky to have him.

“Mo’s numbers are jaw-dropping,” said Henderson in the official matchday programme for Tuesday's Champions League meeting with FC Midtjylland.

“He’s achieved his century in just 159 appearances – that is computer game stuff!

“I read that Mo got to this milestone in the third-quickest time in LFC history. The other two Liverpool players who got to a century quicker are Roger Hunt and Jack Parkinson – and we are going back quite a long time. It just emphasises the enormity of his contribution.

“I shouldn’t be surprised, but it yet again underlines just how blessed we all are to be working with him, or be a supporter of this club at the time he is here with us.

“Not for one minute do I think Mo is taken for granted; he 100 per cent isn’t by anyone associated with our club at least. But I do think the level of his achievement maybe deserves a little more recognition in the game."

The general consensus, as well as his goal return, has seemed to suggest that Salah hasn't been as productive since his remarkable 44-goal debut season for the Reds in 2017/18.

Henderson, though, insists those who look at the numbers alone are missing the bigger picture.

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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“It’s possible that the numbers he hit in his first season with us – 40-plus goals – means everything else since has been measured by an unfair and unrealistic yardstick," he continued.

“As someone privileged to play alongside him, I can tell you I think he is so much better now than during that first season. I also think his contribution now is more important than in that first season.

"As amazing as he was, he has only got better and better."

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