Salah closing in on Premier League record owned by Henry after latest goal

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is fast becoming one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever foreign imports — and to prove it, he is now on course to match one of Thierry Henry's seemingly unbeatable records.

The Egyptian continued his frightening form with a stunning solo finish against his former club Chelsea in the entertaining 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Salah ghosted in behind Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pinpoint ball over the top and, jinxing past Alonso, he snuck his effort past Edouard Mendy at the near post.

The 29-year-old could have been forgiven for thinking his strike may have put the game beyond doubt, but the Blues — without Romelu Lukaku after his controversial interview — fought back.

Mateo Kovacic’s wonder strike gave Thomas Tuchel’s side a glimmer of hope before Christian Pulisic’s smart finish made it 2-2 before the interval.

The draw means that both sides fall further adrift from Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title, with Pep Guardiola’s side now 10 points clear, although the Reds have a game in hand.

Still, for Salah it continues to be an outstanding individual campaign for the winger after putting him on course to match Henry’s consistently brilliant achievements from his time at Arsenal.

It may only be January but Salah has already recorded 25 goal involvements in the Premier League for Liverpool this season in what could be his most effective to date.

His goal tally of 16 goals puts him six clear ahead of team-mate Diogo Jota in the race for the Golden Boot, but Salah is just as crucial in creating chances as he is putting them away.

The Kop hero has also registered nine assists this season, putting him level with his team-mate Alexander-Arnold at the top of creative charts.

What is more impressive is that it is the fifth successive campaign that Salah has managed to record 25 or more goal contributions, dating back to his debut campaign for Liverpool where he struck a record 32 goals.

And the only man who can boast to bettering such a run in the competition is former striker Henry, the Gunners’ goal machine who made English football look so simple from the moment after he signed from Juventus in 1999 for £11m.

Henry managed to score at least 17 goals in every domestic season Arsenal spent at Highbury and racked up a total of 175 in his eight seasons in north London.

In that time, he also provided 74 assists for his team-mates — and still holds the record for amassing the most assists in a Premier League season (20), made even more remarkable by the fact he scored 24 goals too.

Salah may fancy his chances at reaching that landmark at some stage in his career, although the fact he will miss up to five games while playing at the Africa Cup of Nations this month could end his hopes of doing so in 2021-22.

Only Salah knows if he will continue to break records in the Premier League beyond this season for Liverpool as his contract situation remains up in the air.

His current deal expires in 2023 and, as of yet, there has been no agreement reached between the player’s representatives and the club’s hierarchy.

But Salah continues to underline his importance with vital goals and going beyond what is expected of him for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

And with the mutual desire for him to stay and Salah in a rich vein of form, it is surely only a matter of time before he signs on the dotted line at Anfield.

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