Mohamed Salah is one Premier League goal away from Thierry Henry’s record after Leicester City ‘hat-trick’

Mohamed Salah is on the verge of becoming the first player in Premier League history to record 20 goals and 10 assists in each of the league’s three seasons after contributing a hat-trick of assists in Liverpool’s win over Leicester City on Monday night.

At the King Power Stadium, the Reds romped to a stunning 3-0 victory to keep their slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the upcoming season alive. The Egyptian provided the assists for all three goals. Salah became the creator for Curtis Jones’ two goals in the first half and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s postage-stamp curler following a sweet exchange of free kicks between the two.

Only Harry Kane, Erling Haaland, and Ivan Toney have recorded better stats in England’s top division than Salah this season, despite Liverpool’s struggles throughout the 2022–23 season, with 19 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old will become the first player in the Premier League’s 31-year history to have 20 goals and 10 assists in three different seasons if he scores in either of the Reds’ final two matches against Aston Villa or Southampton.

Salah has done so so far on two occasions. First, during his first season on Merseyside, he broke the Premier League record for goals scored in a 38-game season (32) and added 10 additional assists. He repeated the feat four years later during the 2021/22 season, scoring 23 goals and dishing out 13 assists as Jurgen Klopp’s team finished with 92 points but failed to win the Premier League.

Henry, on the other hand, accomplished this on two separate occasions during his eight seasons in North London, with his most productive output of 24 goals and 20 assists coming in the 2002–03 season as Arsenal finished second to Manchester United. Across 32 Premier League appearances in the 2004–05 season, he scored 25 goals and provided 14 assists.

Salah is on track to become the first Liverpool player to score 20 league goals in three straight seasons since the late Roger Hunt did so between 1961-62 and 1965-66, despite failing to score at the King Power Stadium as he passed up a golden opportunity to put the finishing touches on a scintillating performance in the Midlands.

Since moving to Anfield from AS Roma in the summer of 2017, the Egyptian has almost become accustomed to breaking records. The forward recently surpassed the legendary Steven Gerrard in the club’s all-time scoring charts by scoring his 186th goal, which came in the win over Brentford last time out.

Salah said of his most recent accomplishment: “I am proud of it. I am driven to continue setting records and leading the team to victories. Although I would prefer to score more goals than that, I will accept it for a crucial three points.”

As for the public’s appreciation of Salah, Klopp continued, “Perhaps not enough. We can see it clearly because he scored the first goal in nine straight home goals, and I know he is proud of his 30 goals. The statistics are shocking.”

Igbo Kennedy

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