Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s most prized asset at the moment, and his goal-scoring swagger has been a triumphant one. Having netted a brace in Liverpool’s 3-0 triumph over Southampton, his Premier League tally is now 9 goals strong.
This has taken him to 14 goals in all competition in a mere 16 appearances, and it is clearly evident that Jurgen Klopp’s £37 million investment has certainly reaped benefits, with potentially more to follow.
One Manchester United supporter brought this statistic to the limelight by comparing it with that of Jesse Lingard’s, and needless to say, his tweet has grabbed attention.
Just realized Salah's goal for Liverpool equaled Lingard's 14 career goals for United. He's done it in 16 matches. Lingard's on 100k while Salah is on 90k a week. Pass me some bleach.
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) November 18, 2017
The comparison truly is an astonishing one. Further, Lingard’s salary package isn’t the only one that is incredible, as the likes of Lukaku, Kane, and Aguero all earn more than the Egyptian, despite the 25-year-old having bettered their tally in the league.
The tweet has gone on to receive 4,000 likes and nearly 3,000 retweets and counting. In addition to the numerical support, several hilarious responses have also accompanied the statistic.
Jokes aside, this does highlight the sheer disparity of pay that exists between players. It also goes on to mock the hype and wealth that is often piled on youngsters, solely by virtue of their academy, and less often by performance.
While some may also argue that Lingard’s knack of scoring Wembley goals might be the reason behind the difference, a simple look at the statistics apart from this one tells the same tale too.
Salah has had his fair share of dull days, having been frustrated with spells at Chelsea, Fiorentina, and Roma. It certainly does appear that all of that will be compensated by the maestro during his time at Anfield.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.