Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah finally put his goalscoring drought to an end with a fabulous solo effort in the Reds’ 3-1 victory against Southampton whilst also setting a personal record.
With the match evenly poised at 1-1, Salah took matters into his own hands. Receiving the ball near the halfway line, the Egyptian drove forward to the edge of the Saints’ box and rifled a shot into the bottom corner.
Salah breaks Torres’ record
The goal not only put Liverpool in the driving seat, but was also important from an individual perspective.
Salah’s strike, which was the 50th league goal of his career for Liverpool, came in just his 69th match. This makes him the fastest player to the mark. Salah eclipsed fan favourite Fernando Torres, who took 72 matches to achieve the feat.
Back to form
The goal also ended Salah’s drought in recent months. In fact, the Egyptian hadn’t found the back of the net since February 9, which was a major cause for concern.
However, he is now back on track and looking to lead Liverpool to their first ever Premier League title.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Salah expressed his delight at helping his side secure the three points.
“I think as a striker you need to score. Always, I’m thinking to score. I’m very happy to score a goal to help the team. That’s the most important thing for us.
Manager Jurgen Klopp too hailed Salah’s achievements during the post-match press conference.
“It was never in doubt that he was a great player in my side,” Klopp said. “It was goal number 50 for Liverpool (in the league), an incredible number.”
The Reds, with their victory, moved back to the top of the Premier League. They currently lead Manchester City by two points, but Pep Guardiola’s men do have a game in hand.
Salah, meanwhile, took his tally for the season to 18.