Mohamed Salah has hit yet another landmark after spearheading a 2-0 victory over 10-man Everton in a highly charged Merseyside derby. Despite not really hitting top gear, the Egyptian notched a brace to secure three points for the Reds.
The turning point in the match occurred before half-time when Everton’s Ashley Young received a red card, leaving his team to navigate the rest of the clash at a numerical disadvantage.
Despite dominating possession, Liverpool struggled to turn their momentum into goals. The breakthrough finally came in the 75th minute when Luis Diaz won a penalty, setting the stage for Salah to break the deadlock. And the Egyptian King wasn’t done there, as he netted a second in stoppage time with a clinical finish, putting the result beyond doubt.
Salah’s first goal was not only vital to securing three points but also marked a significant personal achievement, as the forward became the first Premier League player to reach 30 goal contributions in 2023, with an impressive 19 goals and 12 assists.
Salah of course was the subject of much speculation in the summer, with figures as high as £200 million being reported as on offer to convince Liverpool to sanction a move to Saudi Arabia. While the 31-year-old is staying put for now the speculation is bound to resurface as next summer approaches, especially with Salah entering the final year of his contract.
The forward’s form this season shows he still has plenty to offer for years to come, and should at least play at the top level for a while longer before considering any such move. If however he is set to go at the end of the season, it is clear at least that Salah is intent on going out with a bang.