Liverpool have temporarily moved top of the league, coming back from a goal down at Crystal Palace to beat the Eagles 2-1. As a result, the Merseyside giants moved a point clear of Arsenal, who travel to Aston Villa later on, and they have Mohamed Salah to thank.
The Egyptian ace had a hand in both goals, scoring the equalizer in the 76th minute, albeit thanks to a deflection, less than a minute after Crystal Palace were reduced to 10 men. The attacker then assisted Harvey Elliott for the winner a minute into stoppage time, thus securing the three points.
However, it was Salah's goal that grabbed all the headlines, and for understandable reasons, as the North African sensation achieved two remarkable milestones with his equalizer at Selhurst Park.
First of all, this was the attacker's 150th goal in the Premier League, a feat no other African player has reached in England's beloved top flight. Furthermore, while nine players have scored more Premier League goals than the 31-year-old, he is the fifth quickest player in history to reach this figure, with only Alan Shearer, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, and Thierry Henry sitting ahead of him.
150 - Mohamed Salah has scored his 150th goal in the Premier League, while he's reached this tally in the fifth-fewest appearances of any player:— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2023
212 - Alan Shearer
217 - Sergio Agüero
218 - Harry Kane
220 - Thierry Henry
247 - Mohamed Salah
Furthermore, he has also taken his overall goalscoring tally for Liverpool to 200 goals. To put this achievement into perspective, only four other players in history have reached this milestone for the Merseyside giants and they are Billy Liddell, Gordon Hodgson, Roger Hunt, and the club's all-time top scorer Ian Rush.
Mohamed Salah has grabbed his 150th Premier League goal!— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 9, 2023
The winger also becomes only the fifth player in Liverpool's history to reach 200 goals for the club! pic.twitter.com/ORUYF3biLj
Regardless, while this was an unforgettable moment for the player, it was a forgettable performance from the club as they struggled to break down Roy Hodgson's men. Nonetheless, it stretched Liverpool's unbeaten run in the league to nine games.
Next up for Salah and Co. is an interesting showdown with bitter rivals Manchester United. Anfield will be the venue as Klopp will aim to hand the Red Devils another frustrating result in what has been a turbulent season for Ten Hag's men.