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Salah sets sights on Torres goal mark

17 Jan 2019
Mohamed Salah and Fernando Torres

With two strikes against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Liverpool forward can match Spaniard's fourth-fastest half century

Having helped propel his side to the top of the Premier League with an unsurpassed 14 goals so far this season, Mohamed Salah is once again one of the frontrunners in the race for the Golden Boot.

The Liverpool forward is the joint leader in the scorers' standings along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

But the Egyptian is also on course to join elite company by reaching another milestone.

With 46 PL goals for the Reds, to add to the two he scored during his spell at Chelsea, Salah is only two short of his half-century.

Reaching half-century

Should he reach that mark by scoring twice against Crystal Palace on his 72nd PL appearance on Saturday, he would become the joint fourth-fastest player to do so in the history of the competition.

The other player to reach 50 goals in 72 outings was Fernando Torres, who played for the same two PL clubs as Salah, reaching his half-ton with Liverpool's stoppage-time winner at Aston Villa on 29 December 2009.

Fastest scorers of 50 PL goals
Player Date of 50th goal Apps
Andrew Cole 04/03/1995 65
Alan Shearer 10/09/1994 66
Ruud van Nistelrooy 23/08/2003 68
Fernando Torres 29/12/2009 72
Sergio Aguero 29/01/2014 81
Thierry Henry 23/12/2001 83
Kevin Phillips 18/11/2001 83
Diego Costa 25/04/2017 85
Luis Suarez 04/12/2013 86
Goal king Cole 

The player to bring up his 50 in the fewest matches is Andrew Cole, who did so in 65 appearances for Newcastle United and Manchester United.

He rattled off his half-century in one match fewer than Alan Shearer, the competition's all-time leading goalscorer, and three fewer than Man Utd's Ruud van Nistelrooy.

If Salah does reach the milestone, he will become the first Egyptian to do so and only the eighth African overall.

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