The meteoric rise of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah continued in earnest on Saturday afternoon, as the Egyptian sensation bagged his 50th Premier League goal in a 4-3 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.
The tenacious forward's achievement saw him join an elite group of footballers - the five fastest players to reach 50 Premier League goals.
The former Roma man is certainly in good company, with Alan Shearer, Sergio Aguero, Fernando Torres and Ruud van Nistelrooy's formidable finishing also affording them a spot in the top five.
5374 - Mohamed Salah took 5374 minutes to reach 50 Premier League goals in his career; only Alan Shearer (5337 mins) managed it quicker. Fernando Torres (5483), Ruud van Nistelrooy (5600) & Sergio Aguero (5710) complete the top 5 quickest to 50 Premier League goals. Clarification pic.twitter.com/OdpACiSNQ8— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 21, 2019
|Player||Minutes Taken to Reach 50 Goals|
|Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)||5337|
|Mohamed Salah (Chelsea & Liverpool)||5374|
|Fernando Torres (Liverpool)||5483|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)||5600|
|Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)||5710|
Breaking down Salah's stats into some tasty, bitesized chunks, the player bagged 41 of his 50 goals with his left foot, seven with the right and even managed to score a couple of headers despite his relatively limited stature.
It took the player 241 shots to reach the milestone, which saw him hit the woodwork on four occasions and rack up a shot accuracy of 46%.
In other news, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has revealed he has no intention of strengthening his squad in the January transfer window, despite his defensive falling victim to an injury crisis.
Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren are currently sidelined with injury, but Klopp confirmed he would use existing options from within to deal with the issue.