How many games it’ll take Mohamed Salah to beat Liverpool’s PL goal record
Mo Salah has been in brilliant form for Liverpool this season, and he is climbing up their all-time Premier League goalscoring list.
The Egyptian has been a revelation at Anfield since signing from Roma in 2017, winning the Golden Boot during his first two seasons at the club.
Salah has maintained that form in 2019-20 and the 27-year-old is well on his way to surpassing Robbie Fowler as Liverpool’s record goalscorer in the Premier League.
With another 14 goals from 22 games for Liverpool in the Premier League already this season, Salah has moved to 68 goals from 96 appearances for Liverpool in the competition.
After overtaking Fernando Torres (65), he is currently fifth on Liverpool’s all-time Premier League goalscorers list, but he is just one goal behind Luis Suarez.
Former Reds players Michael Owen (118), Steven Gerrard (120) and Robbie Fowler (128) make up the rest of the top three.
But Salah averages a remarkable 0.70 goals per game for the Reds in the league, a better strike rate than all four of the players above him. For comparison, Fowler got his 128 Liverpool league goals in 266 appearances at a rate of 0.48 goals per game.
After 96 Liverpool league appearances Fowler had 59 goals, nine less than Salah, so the Egyptian is on track to become their top goalscorer.
👑 Mo Salah's Premier League record for Liverpool at Anfield:
🏟 Games – 50
⚽️ Goals – 43
🎯 Assists – 14 pic.twitter.com/4Q7py4UzCH
— LFCVine (@LFCVine) February 1, 2020
With that in mind, we’ve done the maths to calculate how long it will take Salah to catch Fowler if he continues his current rate of scoring, obviously on the basis that he stays injury-free.
– To go fourth and overtake Suarez, it will only take Salah another three games – a figure that he should reach against Watford at the end of the month.
– To go level with Owen in third place on 118 goals, Salah will have to score another 50 league goals and it should take another 72 league appearances for him to do that – which roughly takes us to the start of 2022.
– To move above Gerrard, he needs another 53 goals and at his current strike rate, he will get to that figure on his 173rd Premier League appearance for Liverpool.
– To become Liverpool’s all-time leading Premier League scorer, overtaking Fowler on 128 goals, it will take Salah another 88 league appearances. Approximately this would be around the start of the 2022-23 season, when Salah would still only be 30 years old.
Of course, it’s impossible to predict what will be happening in three years time and Salah would do remarkably well to avoid injuries and continue at the same pace.
However, the fact that Salah could break Fowler’s Liverpool record in 82 fewer league appearances, shows what an incredible goalscorer he has become.