Mohamed Salah’s numbers for Liverpool are like something straight out of a computer game according to his captain Jordan Henderson, who insists that the world of football in general still doesn’t value the Egyptian as it should.
Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in the recent Merseyside derby draw with Everton, reaching the century in a faster time than modern reds like Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
Indeed, the fact that Salah hit 100 at the start of his fourth season, when Fernando Torres (81) and Luis Suarez (82) failed to do so having both spent three and a half seasons at the club underscores his accomplishment. .
Henderson says he and his teammates are lucky to have him.
“Mo’s numbers are astounding,” Henderson said on the day’s official schedule for Tuesday’s Champions League match with FC Midtjylland.
“It reached its century in just 159 appearances – this is video game stuff!
“I read that Mo reached this milestone in the third fastest time in LFC history. The other two Liverpool players who have come a century faster are Roger Hunt and Jack Parkinson – and we’ve been going back a long time. It only emphasizes the enormity of its contribution.
“I shouldn’t be surprised, but he emphasizes once again how lucky we are to work with him, or to be a supporter of this club the moment he is here with us.
“Not for a minute do I think Mo is taken for granted; At least 100% are not associated with our club by anyone. But I think the level of his achievements perhaps deserves a little more recognition in the game. “
The general consensus, as well as his return to scoring, seems to suggest that Salah has not been as productive since his impressive 44-goal season for the Reds in 2017/18.
Henderson, however, insists that those who only look at the numbers don’t see the bigger picture.
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“It is possible that the numbers he scored in his first season with us – over 40 goals – mean that everything else since then has been measured against an unfair and unrealistic parameter,” he continued.
“As someone who has had the privilege of playing alongside him, I can tell you that I think he is much better now than in the first season. I also think his contribution is more important now than in that first season.
“As incredible as it was, it just got better and better.”
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