Mo Salah has explained that he had his sights on the Premier League Golden Boot from early on in the season.
The Egyptian ended up scoring 44 goals altogether and 32 domestically, a quite ridiculous achievement considering he scored no free-kicks, just one penalty and started from the right-wing.
Salah has admitted to L’Equipe, translated by Get French Football, that he actually believed this kind of tally was possible very early on – proving that despite his humble nature – he’s got a ruthless killer instinct.
“Well, over the course of the season, I would say, “I play on the wing, I don’t have to think too much about my goal tally.” That wasn’t entirely true! After ten games, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and I had all scored around the same amount of goals. So I set the objective of being the best goalscorer in the Premier League,” he said. “That was my secret. Reaching this goal, and being named player of the season, was amazing, it was one of the best moments in my life.”
We’re not expecting Salah to hit 44 goals again, but even if he notches half of that, 22, it’ll still be a successful season!
The scary thing is Salah misses lots of chances, too.
His movement is so good and Liverpool’s offensive style of football suits him so perfectly that he gets into goalscoring situations three of four times per game.
This is why we don’t think his goals will drop off next season. Yes, teams will pay closer attention to him – but Salah found the net from open play almost every game during his mid-season peak.
And providing he gets a nice rest after the World Cup, we’re backing him to do it again.