Mohamed Salah celebrated his 100th Premier League appearance with a goal during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at the weekend, the winger moving within just one goal of the division’s leading scorers following another superb season on Merseyside.
The Egyptian international has scored prolifically since arriving at Anfield from Roma in 2017, winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot in each of the past two campaigns.
Following Salah’s landmark appearance we’ve decided to revisit the most prolific Reds’ players of the Premier League era, here are the five players to score the most Liverpool goals after 100 appearances:
Michael Owen – 58 goals
Owen burst onto the scene as a precociously talented teenager in the late nineties, scoring on his debut as a 17-year-old against Wimbledon before finding the net with remarkable regularity.
His first full season saw him win the Premier League’s Golden Boot in addition to being named as the PFA Young Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season, before retaining the accolade as the division’s top scorer the following year to become a two-time Golden Boot winner before his 20th birthday.
The forward’s finest individual campaign arguably came in 2000/01 as he fired Liverpool to a cup treble, scoring twice in the FA Cup final and becoming the second ever youngest winner of the Ballon d’Or in the process.
Owen would move to Real Madrid in 2004 and injuries would sadly decimate his latter career, whilst a move to Manchester United would sour his relationship with the Reds’ faithful.
Despite that change of allegiances, however, he remains one of the club’s finest forwards of modern times, scoring 58 goals in his first 100 Premier League appearances.
Luis Suarez – 62 goals
Suarez arrived at Liverpool with a burgeoning reputation following a prolific spell in Dutch football, though the Uruguayan initially took time to adapt before establishing himself as a star of the Premier League.
Despite a goal on debut against Stoke, Suarez scored just 15 league goals over his first season-and-a-half, but once he found his feet – the goals would start to flow.
The controversial star would hit 23 goals during the 2011/12 season, before enjoying a remarkable campaign the following year to be named as the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.
That campaign delivered 31 goals in just 33 games as Suarez won the Premier League’s Golden Boot, the forward racking up a century of appearances during a season in which the Reds finished as runners-up, his first 100 appearances delivering an impressive 62 top-flight goals.
Robbie Fowler – 62 goals
Level with Suarez on 62 goals is former fans’ favourite Robbie Fowler, regarded by many as one of the most natural finishers the Premier League has seen.
The Toxteth-born star emerged from the club’s academy ranks and swiftly made a huge impression on Merseyside, scoring prolifically to be named as the PFA Young Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, becoming just the second player after Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs to twice win the honour.
Fowler would score 30+ goals in all competitions in each of his first full three seasons as a first-team player, including 62 league goals in his first 100 Premier League appearances.
The forward would continue to score prolifically throughout a memorable top-flight career, Fowler the seventh-highest scorer in the history of the Premier League on 163 goals.
Fernando Torres – 63 goals
Edging ahead of Fowler and Suarez is Fernando Torres, the Spanish forward enjoying the best period of his career during a three-and-a-half year spell in Liverpool red.
Torres arrived as the club’s record-signing from Atletico Madrid and instantly won admirers at Anfield, becoming the first Liverpool player in over a decade to score 20+ league goals during his debut season.
That season would see the Spaniard set a new landmark for the most prolific debut campaign by a foreign player in English football, eclipsing the record of former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy by scoring 24 Premier League goals.
Torres career would sadly fade following a sensational pomp at Liverpool in which he finished third for the 2008 Ballon d’Or, El Niño scoring 63 goals in his first 100 Premier League appearances before later departing for Chelsea in an ill-fated British transfer-record deal.
Mohamed Salah – 70 goals
The most prolific scorer in Liverpool’s history after 100 Premier League games, Salah’s goal at Bournemouth took the Egyptian to a remarkable 70 goals on his landmark appearance.
Few could have anticipated the impact the winger would have following a previous disappointing spell in English football with Chelsea, but after developing his game in Italy, Salah returned to these shores as one of the most effective attacking players in world football.
His debut season saw him break the record for most goals in a 38-game Premier League campaign (32), setting a host of single season records including most games scored in (24), most left-footed goals (25) and becoming the first player in history to outscore three of the division’s teams (West Brom, Swansea and Huddersfield).
Named as the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, he retained the Golden Boot last season after finishing level at the top with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and teammate Sadio Mane, with Salah currently in the running to become just the third player to win the honour in three successive seasons.
Salah’s 70 goals in his first 100 Premier League appearances is the best haul of any Liverpool player, and second only to Alan Shearer in the history of the division.