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Mohamed Salah is widely regarded as one of the best signings in Premier League history, having been snapped up from Roma back in 2017 for a then-club record fee of £37m. Liverpool took a chance on the predatory Egyptian when they forked out £34m on the then Roma forward in 2017.
His arrival at Merseyside came less than three years after a disastrous move to Chelsea, where he was not fancied by Jose Mourinho, and subsequently loaned out to Fiorentina, and AS Roma, before signing for the Italian giants.
The 29-year-old took the Premier League by storm in his first season at Liverpool; hammering home 32 goals in 36 appearances to break Luis Suarez’s record for most goals scored in one season.
He also broke Didier Drogba’s record of most goals scored in a single season (29).
To build on that record, Salah’s strike in a 4-0 home victory against Brighton and Hove Albion meant the Seagulls had become the 18th team he had scored against that season.
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No player since Robin Van Persie in the 2011-12 season had scored against more than 17 different Premier League teams, but Salah surpassed the incredible feat.
Three different records in his debut season – they did not stop there.
As well as this, his three Premier League player of the months awarded to him in that season saw him beat Sergio Aguero’s Premier League record of two.
But the records accumulated by the mercurial winger do not stop there.
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Since his return to the division, he has broken prestigious records held by Premier League legends Teddy Sheringham, and Alan Shearer.
Jurgen Klopp had been slowly gathering momentum at the club, but Salah could be argued as being the catalyst which propelled them to the top of the footballing world.
His ten goals in 13 Champions League appearances fired the Reds to the Champions League final.
Had Real Madrid captain and pantomime villain Sergio Ramos not wrestled Salah down and injured his shoulder, the 3-1 score-line in Los Blancos favour could have been very different.
Fortunately, Salah returned from injury even stronger, and pushed the Reds all the way in the Premier League where they finished just one point behind Manchester City in the Premier League table.
It was in this extraordinary Premier League season he shattered Shearer’s record of the fewest minutes needed to score 50 Premier League goals (5374), by reaching the half century in just 5333 minutes.
And the records do not stop there…
When Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal, not only did he become the fastest player to reach the landmark, it was also the 16th goal since he surpassed Ronaldo’s record of most amount of Premier League goals from a winger.
While it would take a man of stone to not be subtly proud of these achievements, his impact can best be measured by Liverpool’s success.
A solitary League Cup trophy in 2012 was Liverpool’s last title before Salah arrived.
A Champions League triumph, a World Club Cup victory, and a first ever Premier League title later, Salah has surely entrenched himself as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever players.
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