Liverpool top-scorer Mo Salah backed to deny Harry Kane another Alan Shearer record

Liverpool top-scorer Mo Salah backed to deny Harry Kane another Alan Shearer record

Egypt international Omar Gaber believes Mohamed Salah will surpass Harry Kane as the Premier League’s top-scorer come the end of the season.

The former Roma winger has enjoyed an explosive start to his second spell in English football since arriving at Liverpool this summer, scoring 23 goals for the Reds in all competitions, including 18 in the Premier League over 23 games.

The 25-year-old for Chelsea player’s record in the top flight is bettered only by Kane’s haul of 21 goals.

Los Angeles FC defender Gaber, however, believes that his international teammate will pip Kane to the Premier League Golden Boot award.

“I think Salah is now one of the best players in the world. He had a very good season with Roma, and he’s doing even better with Liverpool now,” Gaber told ESPN.

“Many people did not expect that he would do as well as he is doing now. I am so proud of him. I love him so much. He’s a great person, a great player also.

“I think he will be top scorer in the Premier League.”

Should Salah win the Golden Boot at Kane’s expense, it would deny the Spurs No.10 his third consecutive top-scorer award in the competition. This would effectively mean the Liverpool forward thwarting Kane’s chances of equalling the record for the longest Golden Boot-winning streak, set by former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer in 1997.

Kane previously this term broke Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year, his hat-trick against Southampton on Boxing day taking him up to 39 for 2017.

Salah: Prince of Egypt

Salah established himself as a national hero after he fired Egypt into this summer’s World Cup with a dramatic stoppage-time penalty scored against Congo.

The Pharaohs last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 but will now compete in Russia after an 18-year-absence. It is only the third time in Egypt’s history that they have qualified for the finals.

On Egypt’s return to the World Cup after a long wait, Gaber said: “It’s been 28 years since Egypt last made it to the World Cup. And I am only 25 now, so I have never seen Egypt at the World Cup!

“We are so proud and happy because we made the people of Egypt happy.”