Mohamed Salah has been in electrifying form for Liverpool since joining from Roma for a reported £34million in the summer.
He has linked up perfectly with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to become one of the most potent frontlines this season.
Liverpool’s leaky defence has stopped them from getting closer to Premier League leaders Manchester City but their forwards have continued to do the business.
Ahead of their Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow at Anfield (live on BT Sport 2, 7.45pm kick-off), we look at just how much of an impact they are having.
Goals, goals, goals
Salah already has 17 goals in all competitions, including 12 in 13 starts in the Premier League. It is a record-breaking beginning to his Liverpool career with Salah having scored more in his first 13 games than any other Reds player. Coutinho and Firmino have six and 11 in all competitions respectively giving them a combined tally of 34 which puts them ahead of many in Europe. PSG’s formidable trio of Edinson Cavani (23) Neymar (15) and Kylian Mbappe (eight) outstrip Liverpool’s efforts but Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have 19 between them and languish behind, although Bale has suffered injury problems. Raheem Sterling has netted 13 times with Leroy Sane grabbing eight and Sergio Aguero 11 to fall two short of Liverpool – but that does not include Gabriel Jesus’ tally of 10.
Points mean prizes
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 3, 2017
Surprisingly Salah’s goals have only earned five points for Liverpool, underlining a team effort, and he is level with Burnley’s Sam Vokes in that respect. On Saturday, Liverpool would have beaten Brighton even without Coutinho’s free-kick and Firmino’s brace at the weekend – which helped them to a 5-1 win. Sterling is the matchwinner in the Premier League so far, his goals earning nine points for Manchester City, and he is on the way to beating Diego Costa’s league-high of 15 points earned last season. Harry Kane (10 goals), Alvaro Morata (nine goals), Wayne Rooney (seven goals) and Alexandre Lacazette (eight goals) have won four points for their teams.
Diversity in attack
Salah has been involved in 15 goals in his first 15 Premier League games for Liverpool, more than any other player for the club, with 12 goals and three assists. Coutinho has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box than any other player since his debut in February 2013 while Firmino’s 26 strikes for the club is more than any other current player since his bow in August 2015. The trio have the ability to score every type of goal and when you add the threat of Sadio Mane, who has struck five times this term, there are few weak links in attack.
Barcelona’s failed £100million pursuit of Coutinho in the summer could have hurt Liverpool this season but the Brazilian has been focused and in form. The Reds held firm and they it is likely they will need to again while Salah will surely be in demand if he maintains his rapid rise at Anfield. Liverpool are back in the Champions League this season and, in order to keep their stars, cannot afford to drop out of top-tier competition.