Mohamed Salah began the new season in stunning style with a hat-trick against Leeds this weekend, the Liverpool star scoring for the fourth successive time on the Premier League’s opening day.
The Egyptian international looked in fine form and will once again be key to Liverpool’s hopes of success this season, with the winger having established himself as one of the most devastating attackers in world football since moving to Merseyside three years ago.
Salah’s treble has made him the early leader in the race for a third career Golden Boot, and following his performance we’ve decided to look at the most productive attacking players of recent seasons.
Here are the five players with the most goal involvements since Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool debut in 2017:
Harry Kane (73 goal involvements)
Harry Kane may have been stricken with injury problems over the past two seasons but he remains one of the Premier League’s most reliable players when at full fitness, the England captain having been directly involved in 73 goals for Tottenham since the start of the 2017/18 season.
Kane has scored 65 league goals during that time – the second highest tally of any player in the division – in addition to contributing a further eight assists, and will hope to remain at full fitness for the coming campaign as he looks to add to the Golden Boot accolades he won in both 2016 and 2017.
The 27-year-old remains the key figure for the north London side as they go in search of elusive silverware this season and there are few players who can be as relied upon as much as Kane, his current record standing at a phenomenal 143 goals in just 211 top-flight appearances.
Jamie Vardy (74 goal involvements)
Jamie Vardy has shown little signs of slowing down despite turning 33-years-old earlier this year, the Leicester star opening the new season with a clinical brace from the penalty spot to help down West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
Vardy’s double saw the Foxes forward take his tally to 74 goal involvements since the 2017/18 season, scoring 63 times and providing 11 assists for his teammates.
The highlight of that haul saw Vardy finish as the division’s leading scorer last season to win a maiden Golden Boot, in addition to racking up a century of top flight goals to join the Premier League’s fabled ‘100 club’.
Leicester will be hoping to improve on last season’s fifth-placed finish as they pursue Champions League qualification this time around, their fortunes largely dependent on their talismanic number nine.
Sergio Aguero (75 goals involvements)
Manchester City’s record goalscorer sits right amongst the Premier League’s all-time greats, with the Argentina international continuing to be amongst the most feared forwards in the English game.
Aguero has scored an incredible 58 league goals in just 71 league starts over the past three seasons, a continuation of the prolific form that has seen the 31-year-old become the highest scoring non-English player in the history of the division.
Aguero eclipsed Thierry Henry’s landmark last season with a brilliant treble against Aston Villa, a haul which also saw him overtake Alan Shearer for the most ever Premier League hat-tricks.
Only three players have ever scored more than his 180 league goals and only Henry and Harry Kane can match his goal-per-game ratio, his standards remaining unerringly excellent with 58 goals and 17 assists since the start of the 2017/18 season.
Raheem Sterling (77 goals involvements)
Raheem Sterling has become – alongside Kevin De Bruyne – the first name on the team sheet at Manchester City in recent seasons, the England international having evolved into one of world football’s most effective wide players at the Etihad.
Only one Premier League player can better the 25-year-old’s record of 77 goal involvements over the past three seasons, with Sterling increasing his goalscoring record season upon season, including a career-best of 31 goals in all competitions last term.
That haul included the winger breaking the 20-goal barrier in the Premier League for the first time, Sterling having scored 55 goals and provided 22 assists since the start of the 2017/18 season.
The winger has also starred on the international stage of late by having a hand in 17 goals in his past 12 appearances for England, Sterling’s ever-increasing productivity marking him out as a pivotal figure for both club and country.
Mohamed Salah (104 goal involvements)
Mohamed Salah has been in a league of his own when it comes to goal involvement since returning to English football three years ago, the winger bouncing back from a difficult spell at Chelsea to become a star of the division at Liverpool.
Salah enjoyed a record-breaking debut season on Merseyside to score 32 goals – a record for a 38-game season – and win the Premier League’s Golden Boot, before retaining the accolade alongside teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2018/19.
The Egyptian has been a major part of the Reds’ recent success in winning the Champions League and Premier League over the past two seasons, including racking up 104 league goal involvements since arriving at Anfield.
Salah’s league record now stands at 76 goals in just 109 appearances for the Reds as he quickly closes in on the ‘100 club’, in addition to providing 28 assists – more than any other player in the Premier League since he scored on his debut against Watford back in 2017.