By Amee Ruszkai,
Mohamed Salah made his 19th Liverpool appearance this weekend – the total number he managed for Chelsea over two seasons.
The difference between his two spells in England is currently a very clear margin of 13 goals, with the Egyptian international top of the Sky Sports Fantasy Football scoring charts – and coming at a bargain price of just £9.4m.
But will he sustain this form? Or is he simply over-performing in his early days on Merseyside?
Only Harry Kane has had more shots in the Premier League this season than Salah, averaging 5.8 per game compared to the Liverpool man’s ratio of 3.5.
However, while hitting the target at the same rate of 2.2, Salah is missing the target much less – averaging out at 0.9 per game to Kane’s 1.8.
Salah has also proven to be more accurate than all of Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero, Richarlison and Alexis Sanchez, the former going for goal at the same rate as the Egyptian and the latter three just a fraction more, averaging 3.6 shots per game.
Aguero comes closest to his 2.2 shots on target per outing, with 1.8, while the rest sit even further behind.
It’s no surprise than that Salah has scored the most shots on target bonuses in Sky Sports Fantasy Football this season, hitting the target at least three times for a tier one bonus (three points) on four occasions, while also scoring one tier two bonus for five on target (five points).
A steady chance conversion rate of 25% is a further sign to suggest Salah’s form is a perfect representation of his quality of performance, and that he’s not under-performing like the stats suggest Kane (18.6%) could be.
Nor is he over-performing like Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Jesus might be – who all have chance conversion rates above 30% despite having fewer than three shots, or two in Lacazette’s case, per game.
Of course, only time will tell whether Liverpool’s main man can continue to impress at such an incredible rate on Merseyside, and in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.
But the stats are certainly in Salah’s favour.