Sunday 17 October 2021
After the end of a legendary era in the history of the Premier League, which was signed by Ivorian Didier Drogba with Chelsea, the Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star, appeared in the Premier League and faced a heavy African legacy, but he was up to the challenge.
Mohamed Salah began his career in the Premier League between the walls of “Stamford Bridge”, where he moved to Chelsea in January 2014 from Rome, Italy, to join Didier Drogba, who returned to finish his career with the Blues in the 2014/2015 season.
On February 8, Salah appeared for the first time in the English Premier League, and after seven matches, specifically on March 22, the Egyptian star cut the tape of his goals in the Premier League against Arsenal in the London derby in a match that ended in a 6-0 victory.
Salah’s opening goal in the English Premier League came at a time when Drogba had 100 goals in the strongest league in the world, before he scored four new goals after returning to Chelsea from Galatasaray.
104 goals without Drogba in the English Premier League shirt with Chelsea to sit on the throne of the best African scorers, so that critics and analysts expect that this number will be difficult to repeat by any other African player, until Mohamed Salah came.
Salah did not have a good period at Chelsea and scored only two goals, as he was locked on the bench under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, to decide to leave for Italy in order to present himself again, and indeed he succeeded in expressing his talent by brilliance with Fiorentina and Roma.
Salah then returned to the English Premier League from the Liverpool gate and exploded in his first season with the Reds, before continuing to dazzle season after season under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp, imposing his name as one of the best players in the Premier League, and indeed in the world.
Salah scored 104 goals in just six seasons he played in the Premier League so far, two goals with Chelsea in the 2013/14 season, and 102 with Liverpool from the 2017/18 season until the 2021/22 season, in which he scored seven goals so far.
After visiting Watford’s net yesterday, Saturday, in the eighth consecutive game in which Salah scored this season, it became a matter of time before the Egyptian player scored the most goals in the prestigious tournament.
And this number will not be the only one that Salah surpasses Drogba, as the Egyptian star previously scored 32 goals in the 2017/2018 season in the English Premier League, becoming the most African player to score goals in one season in the competition, breaking Drogba’s record, who scored 29 goals with Chelsea season (2009-10).
Salah will have another challenge against Drogba, but at the level of the Champions League, where 13 goals separate him from the equation of the Ivorian star, who scored 44 goals as the most African player to score goals in the continental competition, while Salah comes second in the list with 31 goals ( except for the preliminary rounds).
Salah’s contract with Liverpool expires in the summer of 2023 amid a strong desire from his club to extend the stay of the Egyptian striker between the walls of Anfield, at a time when some reports reveal that he requires 500,000 pounds per week, to continue speculation about the future of the Reds star, in light of his strong efforts towards Grab the throne of Drogba.