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Salah sets record for Matchweek 1 goals

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Mohamed Salah has become the first player to score in five opening weekends in succession

With his goal in Liverpool’s victory at Norwich City  on Saturday Mohamed Salah set a Premier League record.

After providing assists for both Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino  in the 3-0 win, the Egypt international found the net himself to become the first player to score in five successive opening weekend matches.

Salah’s 74th-minute strike propelled him past the previous mark of four Matchweek 1 goals that he shared with Teddy Sheringham,   who achieved the feat between 1992/93 and 1995/96.

The Reds forward is also closing in on the record for total goals scored in the opening match of a campaign.

With his strike at Carrow Road, Salah moves to within one goal of the record held jointly by Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard abd Wayne Rooney.

Those three Premier League legends each scored eight goals on opening weekends, and could soon also be joined on that tally by  Jamie Vardy.

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The Leicester City  striker’s only goal of the match against  Wolverhampton Wanderers earned him his seventh opening weekend goal in 10 seasons.

Most opening-weekend goals

PlayerMW1 goals
Alan Shearer8
Frank Lampard8
Wayne Rooney8
Mohamed Salah7
Jamie Vardy7
Teddy Sheringham7
Sergio Aguero7
Louis Saha6
Didier Drogba6

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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