Liverpool: How does Mohamed Salah’s record compare to other greats in the Premier League’s 100th club?
Champions League winner, title winner and now a member of the Premier League’s illustrious 100th club, Mohamed Salah wrote another piece of history in his Liverpool career on Sunday.
The forward racked up a century of goals in the Reds’ 3-0 win over Leeds, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone since the top team’s re-branding in 1992.
Ninety-eight of his goals were scored in Liverpool’s red, with two falling during his brief spell at Chelsea.
Mohamed Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds
The Egyptian king will soon overtake Matt Le Tissier, who finished his career with 100 goals, and he needs just 20 more to match former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard’s tally.
He still has a long way to go to topple all-time top scorer Alan Shearer, who has scored 260 in his career, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane is 66 goals ahead of him.
But Salah is the fifth fastest player to hit the 100 milestone, while the 29-year-old needs just 162 games to reach a century.
That puts him just behind Thierry Henry, who scored his 100th Premier League goal in 160 games.
Sergio Aguero needed 13 fewer games, and the former Manchester City star scored his 100th in his 147th game.
That leaves Kane and Shearer in the top two. Kane played 141 games to score 100 goals, while Shearer only needed 124.
“Mo’s records are crazy,” said Jurgen Klopp after the match at Elland Road.
“Since he came to us… what a player. And he is still hungry. He was still not happy that he hadn’t scored one or two others, that’s how top players are.’
Salah is the fifth fastest player to hit the 100 milestone, while the 29-year-old needs just 162 games to reach a century
FASTEST PLAYERS TO REACH 100 PL GOALS
Alan Shearer – 124 games
Harry Kane – 141 games
Sergio Aguero – 147 games
Thierry Henry – 160 games
Mohamed Salah – 162 games
Salah’s performance is even more impressive when you consider that he plays to the right of a front three, rather than down the middle. The four players above him on the list are, or were, out and out of center.
However, Salah has taken over from James Milner as Liverpool’s regular penalty taker for the past two seasons and 14 of his goals have come from the spot.
But that said, this is no more than Kane, who also scored 14 penalties on his way to 100 goals. It is also less than Henry (15) and Shearer (18).
The attacker’s most prolific season at the top level came in 2017-18, when he took just one penalty for the club – which he missed.
That season he scored 32 goals in 36 games and ended the year with the golden boot.
His score fell by 10 goals in the next campaign as Sadio Mane made a bigger contribution and in 2019-20, Liverpool’s title-winning season, he scored 19 times.
Although Liverpool struggled at times during the 2020-21 season, Salah still scored 22 goals and thanks to his efforts, Liverpool managed to secure a place in the top four.
Alan Shearer (left) took just 124 games to score 100 goals, while Harry Kane (right) 141 . grabbed
Salah’s most prolific Premier League season came in 2017-18, with none of his goals from the penalty spot
The attacker already has three appearances in four games this season, but his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations from January to February will disrupt his and Liverpool’s campaign.
Salah’s goal against Leeds dropped Ian Wright out of the top five for the fewest games it took to score 100 goals.
The Arsenal legend took 173 games to produce a century, with 15 of his goals coming from the penalty spot.
Under Wright is another Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler, who took 175 games. There are still a number of former Reds in the 100 club, including Michael Owen, Peter Crouch and Emile Heskey.
Owen scored his 100th goal in his 185th Premier League game and managed another 18 for the Reds before moving to Real Madrid in 2004.
Sergio Agüero (left) took 147 games to score 100 goals, while Thierry Henry (right) took 162. scored
Crouch’s 100th top goal came when he played for Stoke City in 2017, having scored 22 during his time with the Reds. He needed 419 games to reach the milestone.
Heskey also spawned his century after he left Liverpool. The forward, who scored 39 goals for the Reds between 2000 and 2004, scored his 100th when he played for Wigan in his 414th top-flight game.
Gerrard, of course, scored all of his 120 goals for Liverpool, reaching his century in 449 appearances. Of the 30 players in the 100 club, only Ryan Giggs took longer to reach the milestone.
The former Manchester United man needed 534 games but didn’t score any of his goals from the penalty spot.
Other 100 club players still playing include Jamie Vardy, Romelu Lukaku and Jermain Defoe.
Vardy has a total of 120 goals, six more than Lukaku, who is at 114. Defoe, who currently plays under Gerrard at Rangers, has scored 162 goals during his time at the highest level.
Salah is 20 top flight goals behind the total of 120 . of former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
The Egyptian could still become Liverpool’s all-time top goalscorer if he commits his long-term future to the club.
Salah still has a long way to go to get his hands on the former England international, but if he commits his long-term future to Liverpool, there’s a good chance he’ll hit those numbers.
Klopp confirmed that the club is in talks about a new deal for Salah, whose contract expires in two years.
The Egyptian needs 64 more goals to overtake Fowler as Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League. In his four seasons for the Reds, Salah has averaged 23.75 goals in the league.
Three more campaigns of the same level of consistency and he could be breaking more records soon.
|PLAYER||GAMES UP TO 100 PL TARGETS||PENALTIES|
|ROBIN VAN PERSIE||197||9|
|JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK||200||13|
|MATT LE TISSIER||266||25|