Liverpool’s brutal dismantling of rivals Manchester United at the weekend saw Mohamed Salah continue his remarkable run of form, with the Egypt international already boasting a healthy tally of goal contributions so far this season.
His superb treble – the first by an opposition player at Old Trafford in the Premier League era – helped Jurgen Klopp’s side clinch a sensational 5-0 victory and helped to rubber-stamp his status as the most potent presence in the top-flight.
While Salah is the standout name in English football at present, how does he rank amongst Europe’s most productive players?
Here are the five players with the most goals and assists in all competitions across Europe’s top five leagues so far this season:
Leroy Sane – 13 (6 goals, 7 assists)
Leroy Sane has enjoyed something of a resurgence this season, having shaken off an underwhelming debut campaign last year to become one of Julian Nagelsmann’s key men, with Bayern Munich once again the early pacesetters in Germany.
Seeking a tenth successive Bundesliga title, the Bavarian giants are currently top of the league after a typically dominant start to the season, with Sane having already netted two league goals this season, after reaching a total tally of just six in the 2020/21 campaign.
While he has impressed domestically, he has particularly caught the eye on the European stage, netting three goals in just three Champions League games so far this season, including scoring twice in the recent 4-0 win over Benfica.
That victory saw the former Manchester City winger star in a playmaker role behind Robert Lewandowski, having largely featured on either flank during his time at the Etihad – which came to an end in 2020.
Bayern have now scored 12 and conceded none in their opening three group games, with it looking likely to be another stellar campaign for all concerned at the Allianz Arena.
Erling Haaland – 16 (13 goals, 3 assists)
Sticking with the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland is unsurprisingly on this list having continued the relentless goalscoring form which has made him one of the most sought-after players in world football.
Since joining the German side in January 2020, the Norwegian ace has fired in 70 goals in just 69 games in all competitions, with 13 of those efforts having come in just ten games so far this season.
The 21-year-old set the tone for the campaign with a standout display in the club’s league opener back in August, netting twice and laying on three assists as Dortmund ran out 5-2 winners over Eintracht Frankfurt.
The former Molde striker looks likely to be playing his final season at the Westfalenstadion, amid suggestions that he will move on next summer with a succession of top sides across Europe all competing to secure his signature.
Worryingly for Dortmund, the lethal marksmen looks set to face an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering a hip flexor injury, with suggestions he may not feature again until 2022.
Robert Lewandowski – 18 (17 goals, 1 assists)
Despite Haaland’s blistering form prior to his injury, the youngster remains in the goalscoring shadow of the ever-reliable Robert Lewandowski, with the Poland international having been the best ‘number nine’ in Europe for the past few seasons.
After plundering a German league record tally of 41 goals en route to the title last term, the former Dortmund man has continued in a similar vein this time around, with ten goals in just nine Bundesliga games and 17 in all competitions.
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— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 20, 2021
That includes five goals in his opening three Champions League games of the season, after notching braces against both Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev – as well as single goal against Benfica last time out – leaving him second behind Ajax’s Sebastian Haller as the competition’s top scorer.
The 33-year-old recently saw his club-record scoring streak come to an end after netting in 19 successive games in all competitions, before drawing a blank against relegation strugglers Greuther Furth.
Karim Benzema – 19 (11 goals, 8 assists)
Just pipping the Bayern Munich star in this list is fellow ‘veteran’ Karim Benzema, with the France international once again the leading light for Real Madrid, having stepped out of the shadow of former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in recent seasons.
So often an undervalued asset during the Portuguese’s time at the club, the former Lyon man is now rightly getting the plaudits at the Bernabeu, while his return to the international set-up also looks set to be a benefit for all concerned, despite Les Bleus’ disappointing Euro 2020 campaign.
Not just a pure goalscorer like the man above, the 33-year-old is also a pivotal creative presence in Carlo Ancelotti’s side and leads the way in La Liga with seven assists thus far, while he also tops the scoring charts after netting nine league goals.
In the Champions League, Benzema has already netted twice in just three games, albeit with his performances having perhaps warranted more, particularly during the recent 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in which he was simply superb, yet had to wait until stoppage time to get on the scoresheet.
Mo Salah – 20 (15 goals, 5 assists)
Leading the way among the European elite is the aforementioned Salah, with the Liverpool man having been in simply sensational form since the start of the season, with 15 goals to his name in just 13 games in all competitions.
In recent weeks the 29-year-old has taken his game to new heights, first netting a solo stunner in the entertaining 2-2 draw with Manchester City, before bagging another mesmerising goal in the 5-0 thrashing of Watford.
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2021
Both those games also saw the Egyptian lay on notable assists, including an outside-of-the-boot pass for Sadio Mane in the victory at Vicarage Road, with the former Roma man much more than just a prolific presence in front of goal.
Against Manchester United on Sunday, the fleet-footed forward teed up Naby Keita for the early opener, before going on to bag himself hat-trick, notably netting a delightful dinked effort over the onrushing David de Gea to wrap up his treble.
Those strikes ensured he has now scored in ten successive games in all competitions for the Merseyside club, while he currently leads the way for goals in the Premier League this season (10) and ranks second to Paul Pogba for assists, having registered five thus far.