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Salah's stellar season compared to Suarez, Shearer & Ronaldo

EPL By: Uche Duru | 14/05/2018

Mohamed Salah broke record after finishing the 2017/18 Premier League season with most goals scored in a single campaign.

The Egyptian has been in incredible form this season, scoring 42 goals in all competitions, and has now notched his 32nd goal of the Premier League campaign to break the record for a 38-game season. The trio of Alan Shearer, Luiz Suarez, and Cristiano Ronaldo all netted 31 times in a 38-game season.

Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers 1995-96), Luis Suarez (Liverpool 2013-14) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United 2007-08) had all shared the record with Salah, but now he has claimed it outright.

Considering the aforementioned, FCNaija will be comparing Salah's season to the other best seasons in the Premier League era: in the person of Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer.

Arguably, Suarez's season was the best. The Uruguayan played 10 games less due to ban and nearly won the title for what was considered a very weak Liverpool team. The striker's displays in 2013/14 are seen as among the best of all time at Liverpool as the Kops had the opportunity to finish tops at the time if not for Gerrard's slip - a stumble, which spawned a chant for rival fans, helping Chelsea with a 2-0 win to end the Reds title charge. An incident which Gerrard revealed will "hunt him for the rest of his life."

In terms of natural talent, Suarez is the superior player, which shouldn’t diminish what an exceptional footballer Salah is. Suarez will go down as one of the most brilliantly gifted forwards of his generation when he hangs up his boots, with his post-Liverpool spell at Barcelona making him a true great of the game.

Salah possesses a wand of a left foot, and some of his characteristics are strikingly similar to Lionel Messi, with his balance and technique standing out, in particular.

His eye for a pass, first touch and intelligence set him apart from many speedy wide players of his type, and the rawness to his game is evaporating all the time.

Whereas pace remains a vital part of Salah’s game, however, Suarez was never blessed with it, which highlights his ability even further.

What stands Salah out was the fact that the Egyptian only took one penalty as compared to the 10 of 12 penalties scored by the Kops in the 2013/14 Premier League season. Talking about penalties, Mo Salah's Liverpool were upset they only got one penalty at Anfield all season with many calls turned down.

Other than the four goals in one game, Mohamed Salah has consistently scored a goal in games, which means that the Egyptian didn't go many games without goals, unlike other players who skip scoring in games and cover up with three or four goals. Salah has a penchant for scoring a plethora of goals, he only failed to score against Manchester United and Swansea.

Short-termism in football makes it very easy for people to forget just how unbelievable Suarez was during 2013/14.

There is a strong argument to say that he is the most gifted player ever to represent Liverpool, and he was the driving force behind what so nearly became an unrivalled Reds triumph.

He improved others, as well as taking his own game up a huge gear, and did things on a pitch that most footballers can only dream of.

Salah has made a better start as a Red than anybody and to have passed Suarez’s goal tally speaks volumes, especially as he isn’t an out-and-out striker.

If Salah can fire more goals and inspire Liverpool to Champions League glory against Real Madrid at the finals, we may be having a very different conversation but for now, though, Suarez takes home the prize.
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