Mohamed Salah's phenomenal start at Liverpool - Seven deadly stats

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Mohamed Salah couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to his Liverpool career.

He already has 17 goals for the club in all competitions and is leading the way in the Premier League with 14 strikes to his name.

It’s not just about the numbers either, he’s scored a few truly special goals and has proved capable of a variety of finishes.

Nevertheless, the numbers are indeed staggering so here’s a look at seven deadly stats from his incredible start.

MAIN CONTRIBUTOR

Liverpool have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal but Salah has established himself as the main man. The Egyptian has scored the lion’s share of their goals in the Premier League so far.

Leading the league with 12 strikes, he’s accounted for 43% of the team’s tally, only Harry Kane at Tottenham (45%) has contributed a greater share towards his team’s goals.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

RED-HOT FORM

Salah was quick off the blocks in a Liverpool shirt and much like his running style, has only accelerated since. The last few games have seen him put together a particularly impressive run.

He’s now scored three braces in his last four Premier League games, bagging seven goals in that time.

On fire

On fire

FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS

If you don’t shoot, you don’t score. Salah’s made sure that he’s had enough attempts though with 43 shots in the league this season. Only Kane has more with 54.

While the Tottenham man is his team’s star striker though, Salah is technically a winger and the number of shots he’s having is a testament to just how much of a threat he is with his ability to drift into space in central positions.

Fire away!

Fire away!

MO EFFICIENT

While his numbers against the appearances he’s made is remarkable, what’s even more impressive is his efficiency in terms of minutes.

Salah doesn’t waste time once he crosses that touchline. He’s managed a goal or assist every 74.78 minutes this season in the league.

Numbers game

Numbers game

SETTING THE BAR

In the last three seasons, no Liverpool player has hit the 15-goal mark in all competitions. Steven Gerrard was the leading scorer for the club in the 2014/15 campaign with 13 goals, a tally matched by Daniel Sturridge in the following season.

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho led the way with 14 strikes last term. In his first season at the club, Salah already has 17 goals and it’s only November. The Egyptian is setting the pace.

Leading the pack

Leading the pack

MO THAN A MANE

Sadio Mane was recognised as Liverpool’s chief goal threat over the past couple of seasons and no one would begrudge him that title.

It is then all the more scary to think that Salah already has any goals for Liverpool as the Senegalese international just four months into his tenure.

Mane man

Mane man

PRIDE OF EGYPT

As if his performances and ultimately decisive penalty kick to take Egypt to the World Cup wasn’t enough, Salah is making history as one of the best goal scorers the nation has produced.

With 32 goals in 2017, he’s now scored more than any other Egyptian in a calendar year and still has games to come in December.

Leading Pharaoh

Leading Pharaoh

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Giroud urges Arsenal to keep Ozil amid Man United and Barcelona links

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Celebrating a goal with his team-mate: Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud hailed “key player” Mesut Ozil‘s commitment to Arsenal and said that the Gunners need to keep hold of the Germany international.

Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season, starred in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield on Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old provided two assists in the space of 76 seconds before adding his own strike to the tally as he collected his second successive man of the match award at the Emirates Stadium following his display in the derby win over Tottenham.

Having been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United in recent weeks it remains to be seen if Ozil will stay at Arsenal past the January transfer window, let alone sign a new deal beyond 2018.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insisted earlier in the week that both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who is in the same contractual position, will remain at the club until the end of the campaign unless “something unbelievable” happens in the window.

And Giroud, who scored twice off the bench on Wednesday, feels it is imperative that the club keep hold of the former Real Madrid man.

Asked if Ozil has shown his commitment to Arsenal with his recent displays, the France striker said: “Yes, of course. He is a top player and we need him.

“He makes the best choice most of the time. He knows when he has to pass the ball or to shoot and when you are in a good position you always think he thinks assist before scoring, even if he scored tonight. I am very happy for him. He is our playmaker and is a key player.”

Despite the adoration of his team-mates, Ozil – Arsenal’s club-record signing before Alexandre Lacazette joined in the summer – is still sometimes accused of not being consistent enough.

But Giroud defended the forward and said no-one in the dressing room has any doubts over his ability.
“No, never,” he replied when asked if the Arsenal players had ever questioned Ozil.

“You cannot be at the top level all the time. Sometimes people expect the best from you every single game because you are a top player.

“I can understand that. But we never had any doubts about his quality, that is for sure.” 

Giroud replaced Lacazette at half-time on Wednesday, with the latter now set to miss the visit of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Saturday with a groin injury.

Having featured mainly in the Europa League this season, Giroud could be brought in for his first Premier League start of the campaign.

When asked if his lack of league action was frustrating, the 31-year-old said: “Yes, because we are all competitors.

“We want to play every single game to help the team win. We want to be on the pitch.

“We are enjoying playing together in Europe but obviously we all want to play in the Premier League as well so when the boss wants to put us on the pitch we try to give our best and bring our small cog to the big machine.”

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Pep Guardiola hails his Manchester City side following Raheem Sterling's late winner against Southampton

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Raheem Sterling has come of age under Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola could not control his emotions after Raheem Sterling‘s stunning late winner continued Manchester City‘s record run at plucky Southampton’s expense.

Saints looked set to become the first side in 100 days to deny swashbuckling City maximum points in the Premier League after Oriol Romeu cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected free-kick.

But deep into stoppage time Sterling found space to bend home a stunning effort to secure a 2-1 victory – a club record 19th straight win in all competitions – and send the Etihad Stadium wild as Guardiola jumped for joy.

“Good night, yes,” a smiling Guardiola said, sporting a wet jumper from the dressing room celebrations.

“I think all the supporters create some special moments.

“Tonight in the last breath, in the last second, we enjoyed the situation, so you have to celebrate it.

“It was a good moment in the last minute.

“What happened in the locker room with all the staff, all the people, how happy they were that’s why our job makes sense. To enjoy this kind of situations.”

Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 28, 2017. Manchester United won the game 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

The unbridled celebrations after Sterling’s stoppage-time winner included Benjamin Mendy hobbling down the touchline with his City team-mates – just two months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Guardiola joked the “crazy” full-back’s decision was a “disaster”, but he too struggled to control himself.

“I said I apologise, I couldn’t control it,” the City boss said after referee Paul Tierney had a word with him having encroached on the pitch.

“I was so happy, like all the fans, all the players.

“I ran behind Raz (Sterling) but I am not quick enough or fast enough, but we were so, so happy.

“I could accept absolutely everything.”

Guardiola continued in animated fashion after the final whistle, when the City manager’s post-match conversation with Saints’ Nathan Redmond raised eyebrows.

“(I told him) how good a player he is,” he said of what had looked like a rather aggressive exchange.

“Last season he destroyed us here. I didn’t know him last season, I realised how good he is.

“Today he could not attack because they defend all the time, but that is what it is.

“I spoke with Oriol Romeu as well, with (Virgil) van Dijk and with my players as well.”

Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 28, 2017. Manchester United won the game 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pellegrino was unaware of the incident with Redmond and unwilling to comment on Guardiola’s celebrations.

However, the former Argentina international did appear frustrated about the amount of stoppage time as five minutes were awarded and Sterling struck home in the 96th minute.

“I can’t say anything about that,” Pellegrino said. “I didn’t see too many actions to delay the game.

“Obviously just the change, but OK it is part of the decision of the referee.

“I can’t do anything about that, I have to respect (it).

“Obviously it is painful for us to concede one goal at the end, but I think we have to learn how to approach this type of moment for the next time.”

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