200 goals is the benchmark, but Mo Salah means so much more to LFC

The Egyptian superstar has left a lasting impact at Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Liverpool FC - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Liverpool FC - Premier League / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

When Liverpool joined Liverpool FC from Roma in the summer of 2017 it was seen as a solid move, but not one that would shatter the spectrum.

Salah was coming off a season in the Italian capital where he scored 15 goals and provided a further 11 assists. Even then, his ability to inflict so much damage from a wide position was impressive.

As we know, he would go on to have a monster campaign to begin his Liverpool career and things have not slowed down. He has been the talisman throughout this modern era of domination at Anfield.

If the match was close and he was on the field, you knew there was a chance for Liverpool to pull something out of the hat.

Few players mere presence alters how the opposition defends or even attacks. The threat of Salah breaking away on a scintillating counter-attack was enough to keep managers awake at night.

Not since Luis Suarez had the club had a do-it-all attacker that could score, create and overall dominate a match on his own. However, unlike Suarez, Salah has not come with any controversy nor has there been any drama.

During his marvelous years with the club he has been a model professional. His ability to stay fit and available is an achievement in of itself. He is always in peak physical condition, not unlike a Cristiano Ronaldo for example.

That is the group of players that he has entered into since coming to England. Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Robert Lewandowski and more.

He has arguably been one of the 3 best players on the planet each season at Liverpool and every single one of his goal contributions have been crucial to the machine.

Jurgen Klopp changed the culture at the club. He had a vision of returning Liverpool to its former glories when he took over the job. However, those things don't happen without a superstar or two to carry the load.

Salah was the anchor at the front while Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson were the rocks at the back. It was a brilliant balance that allowed the rest of the squad to continue to grow into the winning core we loved.

Hitting 200 goals at a club like Liverpool is no small feat. If he really were to leave in the summer for Saudi Arabia or anywhere else, his Reds legacy is secure. He is one of the best players to ever don the famous red shirt.

It is no longer hyperbole to discuss his name with the likes of Dalglish, Barnes, Fowler, Gerrard, Torres, Owen and more.

Even now into his thirties, he looks better than ever and is leading the Reds through another brilliant season. He has fired the club back to the summit of the league and you can bet he will continue to shoulder the load if needed.

There's striking gold and then there's finding Mohamed Salah.