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Fowler: Salah's 50th goal his most important

6 Apr 2019

Former Liverpool forward says Egyptian's strike in win at Southampton is massive for title race

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It was Mohamed Salah's 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool and he has not scored one as important, says Robbie Fowler.

Salah's 80th-minute strike on Friday night put the Reds on their way to a comeback victory at Southampton and sent them back above Manchester City at the top of the table.

"Where we are now and where we could get to with that goal, that's the biggest goal he has scored, certainly in his club career," Fowler, the former Liverpool striker, said.

How they stand

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester City MCI 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool LIV 38 +67 97

Salah reached his half-century for Liverpool in only 69 matches, three fewer than it took Fernando Torres.

Indeed, only two players have scored 50 Premier League goals for one club faster than the Egyptian. 

Alan Shearer did it in 66 matches for Blackburn Rovers, while Ruud van Nistelrooy required 68 for Manchester United.

It also ended a run of six PL matches without a goal for Salah, not that his manager doubted his form.

"He always stayed calm to deal with the situation," Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"But it's a nice moment for the first goal after a while, a really good moment."

The victory also changed the leadership of the table for the 23rd time this season, 20 more than in 2017/18.

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The focus for the title race moves to next Sunday, when both of the top two are in action.

Man City can regain the No 1 spot with victory at Crystal Palace.

Then they must hope that Chelsea do them a favour and dent Liverpool's title ambitions at Anfield, as they did in 2013/14.

See: Title race remaining fixtures: the run-in

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