Salah wins golden boot; sets new record

Mohamed Salah broke the record for the most goals in a 38-game Premier League season and claimed the league’s Golden Boot award in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Brighton at Anfield on Sunday.

Salah scored his 32nd goal of the league campaign in the 26th minute as he turned sharply inside the box and fired into the bottom corner after receiving a pass from striker Dominic Solanke.

The goal meant the Egypt international finished two ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race to be the league’s top scorer. Kane, who scored twice in a 5-4 win over Leicester on Sunday, had won the award in each of the past two seasons.

Already Salah has won the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award. Salah, has now scored 44 goals in all competitions, had been stuck on 31 Prem strikes since April 21, failing to get on the scoresheet against Stoke and Chelsea.

He has now claimed the record previously held jointly with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez (2013-14), Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Blackburn Rovers’ Alan Shearer (1995-96).

However, he is short of the all-time goal-scoring record for the Premier League, as both Andrew Cole (1993-94) and Shearer (1994-95) scored 34 goals in 42-game seasons.

He is still three goals short of Ian Rush’s record of 47 goals in all competitions in a single season for Liverpool, set during the 1983-84 season, and he will need to score in the Champions League final to match that.

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