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Salah beats Fowler's left-foot record

24 Feb 2018
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United

Liverpool forward hits 20th goal with left foot to break 1994/95 mark set by Robbie Fowler

With his goal against West Ham United on Saturday Mohamed Salah not only joined Harry Kane at the top of the Premier League scorers' charts but broke a 23-year-old competition record.

His 51st-minute goal at Anfield was the 20th the Liverpool forward has scored with his left foot in the Premier League this season.

This surpasses the 19 scored by Robbie Fowler with his left foot for the Reds in 1994/95. And Salah still has 10 matches of the season to play.

Of the three of Salah’s 23 goals not scored via his left foot, one was a header at Leicester City in September, and two came from his right boot, against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Fowler’s 19 goals with his left foot were from a total of 25. The next-best totals were scored by Robin van Persie.

Most goals with left foot in a season
PlayerSeasonTotal goalsLeft-footed goals
Salah2017/182320
Fowler1994/952519
Van Persie2012/1326 18
Van Persie2011/123017
Fowler1995/962816
Bale2012/1321 16

By contrast, on six occasions have more than 20 goals been scored with the right foot, led by Alan Shearer’s 29, also in 1994/95.

Most goals with right foot in a season
PlayerSeasonTotal goalsRight-footed goals
Shearer1994/953429
Cole1993/943426
Shearer1995/963124
Henry2005/062724
Henry2003/043022
Shearer1993/9431 22

There is also still time for Salah to beat the record for the most goals scored in a season with the head, though it is fair to say that this is extremely unlikely.

The leading mark is set by the towering Duncan Ferguson, who headed in nine goals for Everton in 1997/98.

Most headed goals in a PL season
PlayerSeasonTotal goalsHeaded goals
Ferguson1997/98119
Yorke1999/00208
Santa Cruz2007/08198
Yorke1995/96178
Dublin1995/96148
Ferdinand1995/96258

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