Mohamed Salah has been a revelation at Liverpool Football Club since his arrival from Roma in the summer. The season is only 4 months in and the Egyptian winger has tallied 17 goals and 4 assists in 21 appearances in all competitions (according to transfermarkt).
Many Liverpool fans thought the club would need a true number 9 to score 25+ goals a season. The Reds haven’t had a player to do that since the 13/14 season when Luis Suarez scored 31 goals (and 24 assists) in 37 appearances in all competitions – a truly remarkable player.
If Salah continues this form, he could go on to score well over 30 goals in his first campaign for the Reds – who would have thought that a winger would be our top goalscorer this season.
Salah’s Recent Form – Key Strengths
The winger’s eye for goal has shocked many. Early on in the season Salah would have numerous goal scoring opportunities and fail to convert. Now he’s gotten into a rhythm, he’s been far more clinical than before. He’s also been excellent supplying through balls and key passes for the likes of Coutinho, Mané, and Firmino.
How Salah Compares
Here I’ve compiled the top 5 goal scorers in the EPL so far this season and calculated their conversation rates.
- Salah – 51 shots & 12 goals = 23.5%
- Kane – 78 shots & 10 goals = 12.8%
- Aguero – 36 shots & 9 goals = 25%
- Sterling – 28 shots & 9 goals = 32%
- Jesus – 29 shots & 8 goals = 27.5%
(Stats from PremierLeague.com)
Kane last season was the EPL’s top goal scorer and could very well end up being that but to see Salah ahead of everyone else is a testament to his positioning in and around the 18-yard box – it’s quite shocking to see Sterling with the highest conversion rate in the league.
Will His Form Continue?
Mo’s quality is undeniable. However, we must allow Salah to continue to develop without the strains labeling him as our go-to-guy even though he unquestionably is that at the moment.
14 of his 17 goals have come from him playing the right wing position but in a Jurgen Klopp team, the attacking players are given freedom to roam around and interchange positions when going forward.
New Default Formation?
Salah has found himself inside the penalty area a number of times this season and during the 4-1 thumping of West Ham, he played in a 4-2-2-2 formation positioned as one of the two strikers alongside Firmino.
The number 11 was the furthest forward predominantly playing in the number 9 position where he was able to get into strong goal-scoring opportunities, scoring twice.
Could this be the way forward for this Liverpool team as well as getting the best out of Salah? Getting Mo inside the box more often will see him continue to score more goals I feel, especially with someone like Firmino playing very close to him (possesses incredible link up play).
With players like Naby Keita coming into the 11 next season and the club heavily linked with Leon Goretzka, playing these 2 in a double pivot could see Liverpool’s chance creation increase, meaning Salah will have more goal scoring opportunities.