Two players earned 10 points last weekend which was by far the most in the Premier League: West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass who was able to score 2 goals and Liverpool’s attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah. We chose Salah based on the fact that his goals ended up contributing to a win. For Snodgrass even though his goals helped West Ham go 3-1 up when playing Brighton, the away side came back and the game ended 3-3.
Mohamed Salah’s goals this past weekend were very welcome because compared to the last few seasons it could well be argued that the Egyptian international was not scoring enough goals and was going quite a few games without them. At the same time perhaps people have missed his contributions to games, his deft running, his turns, his holding up the ball and letting other players in. Salah really hasn’t stopped and he has become invisible sometimes but in a brilliant way where he is losing his man. The bottom line is his work rate has been second to none.
This past weekend though on top of all of that he did score and he got 2 goals, and this was important for Liverpool who have Sadio Mane out injured for a couple of weeks.
Liverpool were 2-0 up at the time but there was still 30 minutes to play and in the Premier League what we have noticed is that 2 goals is not always enough if you are going for victory. And Southampton played some very good football, they did remain a threat. But the Saints fire was distinguished when Salah grabbed the 3rd goal with just over 20 minutes remaining. A brilliant in swinging pass by Jordan Henderson was met by Salah who lost his marker and he neatly chipped the ball over the keeper for his first goal.
The 3rd goal killed the game and then in the final minute Salah added a 4th goal, a bit scrappy but it went in. In truth 4 goals past Southampton was harsh on the visitors who played much better than that. How many teams for example get 17 attempts on goal at Anfield? They actually had one more than Liverpool. Although what was telling is that Liverpool had 9 shots on target compared to the Saints 4. But the away side did have 11 corners compared to Liverpool’s 6, which proves that they were in attacking mode, perhaps they just left themselves very wide open and it is true Liverpool were waiting to counter them each time they came forward.
As for Salah that was 2 goals certainly needed and moved him up to joint 3rd in the goalscorers table with 14 so far, also he has 6 assists, so has been involved in 20 of Liverpool’s league goals so far. That equates to 33% of all of Liverpool’s league goals this season. Considering the club have goal scorers such as Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in their side that is really impressive from Salah.
As far as fantasy points go those 10 points have helped Salah to go to 89 points and he is in fact placed in 1st position in the overall Premier League players, 11 points ahead of teammate TrentAlexander-Arnold. In all leagues he is in 2nd place, with the top spot going to Ciro Immobile in Serie A.
Salah is sure to have a strong finish to the season and when he has played for the club he has helped in 11 clean sheets, with the most recent against Southampton. If you want him in your team he is one of the most expensive players- and for good reason valued at 15m.
Liverpool’s next league game is away to bottom club Norwich, where there could well be ample opportunity for him and his team mates to add to their goals.
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