Salah celebrating birthday with one eye on EPL title

JOHANNESBURG, June 15 (ANA) – As Mohamed Salah celebrates his 28th birthday on Monday, it will be with one eye on becoming the first Egyptian to win the English Premier League (EPL) for Liverpool.

The EPL resumes on Wednesday after being halted since mid-March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Liverpool’s first match after the break is the Merseyside derby away to Everton on Sunday.

Before the season was suspended, Liverpool had reached 82 points from 29 matches. It means Liverpool need just two more wins from their nine remaining games to clinch the title. Manchester City are a mammoth 25 points behind with 57 in second from 28 matches.

Assuming Liverpool go on to claim their first title since the 1989/1990 season, the Egyptian’s influence will have been a major factor in their success.

Last season In the EPL, Senegal’s Sadio Mane shared the Golden Boot crown with Salah and Arsenal’s Gabonese front-man Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, all three having netted 22 times for their respective clubs. On top of that, Mane scored 39 goals across all competitions for Liverpool in the 2018-2019 season.

Salah is already a two-time winner of the African Player of the Year award – claiming the title in 2017 and 2018.

The former Chelsea player in his debut season (2017/2018) for Liverpool, Salah scored a phenomenal 32 goals from 36 league matches. In the 2018/2019 season he scored 22 goals after appearing in all 38 matches. This season to date, he has scored 12 goals from 21 league outings. In total, Salah has scored 66 goals for Liverpool from 95 games across all competitions.

If Liverpool are indeed crowned champions soon – it will be in no small part due to the incredible contributions of Salah.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Michael Sherman

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