Mohamed Salah has already cemented his legendary status in the Liverpool history books, but he is now just one goal away from further enhancing that legacy.
Anfield has been home to many great goalscorers over the years, and Salah now has the chance to join its ‘centurion’ club. The Egyptian is currently one goal shy of bringing up a 100 in Liverpool colours across all competitions.
That he can hit this goalscoring milestone in a Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday would only add to the sweetness of such an occasion.
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Should Salah find the net against Everton, he will be the 17th Liverpool player to notch triple digits, moving level with Kevin Keegan, and doing so in nearly half as many games.
His century, were it to materialise at Goodison Park, would also be the third-fastest in Liverpool history, surpassing the rates achieved by Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Michael Owen, just below Roger Hunt and Jack Parkinson.
So, while Salah has undeniably been the emblematic player of the Jurgen Klopp era, embodying the attacking verve of his high-octane brand, and delivering European as well as Premier League success, he now has the chance to leave an imprint in the annals beyond the silverware.
And he enters this weekend’s derby in good form. Despite Liverpool’s capitulation at Villa Park just before the international break, the silver lining was Salah’s brace, bringing up five goals in just four Premier League games for the season.
Relevant Sky Bet odds for Everton v Liverpool:
- Mohamed Salah to score first @16/5
- Mohamed Salah to score anytime @11/10 (boosted from 1/1)
- Mohamed Salah to score 2+ @9/2
- Mohamed Salah to score and Liverpool to win @13/8
All odds stated in this article are accurate at the time of publication (11:30, 16/10/2020).
Couple that with Liverpool’s quite exceptional record against their neighbours and there is reason to be optimistic heading into this contest for those of a red persuasion, despite the events of a fortnight ago still lingering in the foreground.
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In fact, it has been an entire decade since Everton last tasted victory over Liverpool in any competition. That win, in October 2010, saw goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta settle the tie to sink Roy Hodgson’s side in a 2-0 triumph.
The Reds have since gone unbeaten in 22 games, their longest run without defeat in their history against a single club, joint-level against Aston Villa, which stretched from 1981 to 1992.
So, if Liverpool avoid defeat this weekend that run would bump up to 23 and make their current record against Everton an outright club best, moving above Villa.
This particular Merseyside derby also takes on a certain emotional significance for Klopp as he marks his five-year anniversary at the helm. When Saturday comes around it will be exactly five years since his first game in charge against Tottenham on October 17, 2015.
The German has faced Everton without defeat more often than any other side in all competitions as Liverpool boss (seven wins, four draws) and he will be determined to maintain that record to alleviate some of the concern from two weeks ago.
But, this is the first top-flight Merseyside derby with Everton starting the day atop the table since September 1989. Liverpool won that game 3-1 at Goodison Park, thanks to goals from Ian Rush (two) and John Barnes, and Klopp will be hoping for more of the same as he faces Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form Toffees.