Mohamed Salah revealed the finding the back of the net is something that never leaves his mind after becoming Liverpool’s quickest player to hit 50 Premier League goals.
Prior to Friday night, Salah had been on the receiving end of some rather brutal criticism by the British press after failing to score in his last eight matches.
Expectations on the 26-year-old’s shoulders have been high given his exploits last season that had seen him score a remarkable 44 goals in his debut campaign at Liverpool.
Only five-time Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo boasted similar statistics to Salah, which only further cemented his spot among Europe’s elite.
And the Egyptian forward silenced his critics in spectacular fashion by scoring his 50th Premier League goal to help Liverpool secure a badly needed 3-1 win at Southampton.
Salah had, in fact, ran half the length of the pitch to fire the ball past Southampton keeper Angus Gunn to put Liverpool ahead in the 80th-minute before Jordan Henderson finished things off at St Mary’s.
“I think as a striker you need to score. Always, I’m thinking to score,” Salah told Sky Sports.
“That’s goal number 50 for Liverpool in the Premier League, so that’s special. I’m very happy to score a goal to help the team. That’s the most important thing for us.”
Naby Keita was the other scorer for Liverpool, who moved two points clear from Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Next up for the Reds will be the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against FC Porto at Anfield on Tuesday.
After heartbreakingly losing last season’s final to Real Madrid, Liverpool will be looking for a repeat of their knockout victory over Porto last year in order to go one better this time out in the competition.
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