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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 April 2019

Mohamed Salah ends goal drought to put Liverpool back top of the Premier League table

Egyptian nets for first time since February 9 as Merseyside team come from behind to win 3-1 at Southampton

Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal against Southampton. Action Images via Reuters
Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal against Southampton. Action Images via Reuters

Mohamed Salah admits scoring goals is constantly on his mind after he spectacularly ended an eight-game drought to write his name in Liverpool's record books.

Forward Salah became the fastest player in the Merseyside club's history to hit 50 league goals following his sensational solo effort in Friday evening's 3-1 success at Southampton.

The Egyptian's crucial 80th-minute strike at the end of a blistering run from deep inside the Reds' half brought up his half-century in 69 matches, three fewer than Fernando Torres, and helped move his team back to the top of the Premier League table.

He had previously not found the net since February 9, his longest barren run since signing from Roma for £34 million (Dh162.7m) in 2017.

"I think as a striker you need to score. Always, I'm thinking to score," Salah told Sky Sports.

"I'm very happy to score a goal to help the team. That's the most important thing for us."

Liverpool sit two points ahead of rivals Manchester City at the summit, albeit having played a game more.

Jordan Henderson's late third sealed the comeback success at St Mary's after Naby Keita cancelled out an early opener from Saints forward Shane Long.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Salah's record in front of goal is "incredible".

"It was never in doubt that he was a great player in my side," said the German at his post-match press conference.

"It was goal number 50 for Liverpool (in the league), an incredible number."

Southampton have moved away from relegation danger since the appointment of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in December.

Saints remain five points above the drop zone and, despite the defeat, Austrian Hasenhuttl feels his players are showing plenty of battling qualities.

"We showed once again that we are fighting for everything and, for 80 minutes, we made a very good game against a very good team," he said.

"We knew we needed a near perfect game against such a team. We had a very good game, but that wasn't enough. But I'm still very proud."

Updated: April 6, 2019 07:45 AM

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