How Great Is Liverpool’s Mo Salah, Really?

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A record-breaking year but Klopp believes Mo still has work to do

Mo Salah has had a year of immense success. He has broken countless records and achieved so much for himself, and Liverpool. When speaking about Mo, Klopp has joked; Salah would win an award for getting out of his car, but yet he insists; “There’s still work to do,” as he believes Mo has new goals to set and achieve.

Mo Salah similarly expressed his will to excel when speaking about his dreams and objectives;

“I remember watching the Champions League all the time and then trying to be like Brazilian Ronaldo, Zidane and Totti when playing out in the street with my friends. I loved those kinds of players – players who played with magic,” Mo said. “Since the beginning of my career, I have always wanted to win everything. I hope I can become the best player in the history of Egypt. I work really hard every day to achieve my objective.”

It’s hard to imagine what else Mo can do to impress us, looking back at the year he has had.

Mo Salah’s Record-Breaking Year 2017 – 2018

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June
Breaks Liverpool’s transfer record

August
Scores on his Premier League debut
Wins Liverpool’s player of the month (1)

September
First Egyptian to score on UCL debut for two clubs
Wins Liverpool’s Player of the Month award again (2)

October
Scores an injury-time penalty sending Egypt to the World Cup

November
First Liverpool player to score 9 goals in 12 league games
Equals Daniel Sturridge’s record of 10 goals in opening 13 league games
First Egyptian to win the Premier League ‘Player of the Month’
Wins Liverpool’s ‘Player of the Month’ award again

December
BBC African Footballer of the Year
First Premier League player to score 20 goals in all competitions before Christmas
Equals Roger Hunt’s record of 23 goals before New Year
Wins Liverpool’s ‘Player of the Month’ award again

2018

January
Arab ‘Player of the Year’
African ‘Player of the Year’
Fastest Liverpool player to score 25 goals in over a decade

February
Quickest player to score 20 goals for Liverpool in the Premier League
Becomes highest scoring Egyptian in the Premier League
Player to score most goals with his left foot in the Premier League (20)
Wins Premier League ‘Player of the Month’ for a second time
Wins Liverpool’s ‘Player of the Month’ award again (5)

March
First Egyptian to score a hat-trick in the Premier League
Breaks Liverpool record to become Liverpool player during his debut campaign
Named PFA ‘Player of the Month’
Wins Premier League ‘Player of the Month’ for the third time setting a new record
Wins Liverpool’s ‘Player of the Month’ award again (6)

April
First Liverpool player to score 40 goals since 1987
Fastest Liverpool player to reach 40 goals
Most games scored in a Premier League season
Named Liverpool’s ‘Player of the Month’ again (7)
Named PFA ‘Player of the Year’

May
Salah wins Football Writers’ Association ‘Player of the Year’ award
Liverpool Salah wins ‘Player of the Season’
Wins Liverpool’s ‘Player of the Season’
Sets record for the most goals in a 38-game Premier League season
Scored against 17 different Premier League opponents this season
Wins Premier League ‘Player of the Season’
Secures Premier League ‘, Golden Boot’

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Mo also wins our hearts;

Despite all of his fame and success, Mohamed Salah remains true to his roots. The record-breaking Egyptian is still a popular figure in his home village Nagrig. One of his childhood friends has said;

“He still comes back to Nagrig every Ramadan to present prizes to local kids. He comes here, he plays table tennis and pool. When he comes back, he signs every autograph, stands for every picture. He hasn’t changed.”

 

 

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