Mohamed Salah nets his 200th goal for Liverpool after his close-range strike against Crystal Palace as the Egyptian forward joins patheon of club legends at Anfield
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Mohamed Salah scored his 200th goal for Liverpool on Saturday afternoon with a fine finish against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The forward scored from close range against the Eagles after scoring for the 199th time in a red shirt during the 4-0 win over LASK in the Europa League in midweek.
His milestone comes just over six years after he moved to Anfield from AS Roma for £34 million, having previously played for the likes of Fiorentina, Chelsea and Basel.
He struggled to establish himself at any of his previous clubs but finally found a home at Anfield after signing and has now joined an exclusive lift of just three players to have scored a double-ton for the Reds.
The 31-year-old was mobbed by his teammates after the goal as his deflection against Palace made it 1-1 on Saturday.
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah finally scored his 200th goal for the club against Crystal Palace
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It canceled out Crystal Palace's Jean-Philippe Mateta's opener from the spot just after Jordan Ayew was sent off. Harvey Elliott then scored a dramatic goal in stoppage time to take Liverpool to the top of the table.
In September, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp branded Salah 'the complete player on and off the pitch' after opting to stay at Liverpool despite interest from the Saudi Pro League.
'He has been the man for us for a long time, but he is growing into the role he has for us in football and maybe in general to show that at the top level it is nice to enjoy the moment and then go again,” the German said.
'Mo doesn't act like (he's 31) at all. Off the field he behaves like a grown man, besides that he is still a young player. He is in great shape, I think if we scanned him most of the bones would be 19 or 20 years old! He just keeps himself in such good shape.”
He will surely be full of praise for the Egyptian again after the match against the Eagles, when he once again wrote his name in Liverpool history in front of the Reds supporters.
Salah has won numerous accolades since moving to Liverpool, scoring on his Premier League debut for the side in a 3–3 draw against Watford on 12 August 2017.
In terms of team achievements, he has won the Premier League, the Champions League, the Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup while wearing a red shirt.
Individually, he has three Premier League gold boots, two Footballer of the Year awards and two African Player of the Year awards to his name since joining the club.
Salah scored his 100th goal at Anfield in May this year when he scored the winner against Brentford in May, and expressed his focus on working hard to achieve the success he has enjoyed in his career.
Salah has won a number of team and individual honors as a Liverpool player, including the Premier League
He also won the Champions League with the club and hopes to return to the competition next year
Sunday's accolade comes just over three years after his 100th Reds strike, which came against rivals Everton in October 2020.
Since then he has passed a number of club legends on the score chats, including Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard.
148 of his goals have come in the Premier League, including 42 in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup, three in the Europa League, one in the League Cup and one in the Community Shield.
Thirty of his goals came from the penalty spot, seven of which came in open play.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) has been full of praise for his star player over the years
In January he will head to the African Cup of Nations with Egypt, where he will look to add another title to his long list of successes. While the tournament presents a great opportunity for the winger, he will be missed by Liverpool.
The Reds are chasing the Premier League title as they continue to rebuild after a disappointing season last season that saw them slip out of the Champions League after reaching the final just a year earlier.
However, the likes of Salah chose to stay at the club and be part of the project while others left, and Klopp's squad is starting to take shape again.