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Mohamed Salah clears Fernandes, Rashford and Son with Premier League October POTM win

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Mohamed Salah now has more Premier League Player of the Month awards than anyone else currently playing in the English top flight after his October 2023 win.

The Liverpool forward scooped the prize with the five goals he scored last month, with the Egypt international delivering excellent performances that fans have become so used to seeing.

Salah has slipped into that realm where less noise is made about his triumphs because he has been doing it for so long in the top flight. That said, he's still caught the eye enough to bag his fifth POTM award since joining Liverpool.

In doing so, he has moved ahead of two Manchester United players in the all-time standings, with neither looking likely to pick up their fifth any time soon.


Mohamed Salah's Premier League Player of the Month awards

While Mohamed Salah still needs two more Premier League POTM awards to match all-time leaders Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane, he is certainly worthy of five and no one would begrudge him more in the future.


November 2017

Stoke City v Liverpool - Premier League
Salah was unstoppable / James Baylis - AMA/GettyImages
  • Goals: 7

Salah's first POTM award came in November 2017, only five months after he joined the club from AS Roma.

It was a truly incredible month in which he started to prove so many people wrong. The Egyptian could not stop scoring and racked up seven goals in one month. He became the first ever Egyptian player to win the award, having found the net against West Ham, Southampton, Stoke City and Chelsea.

He beat players like Burnley's Robbie Brady, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, and Man Utd's Ashley Young to the prize.


February 2018

Mohamed Salah
Salah was in full flow / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
  • Goals: 4
  • Assists: 2

Everyone remembers just how frightening and unstoppable Mo Salah was during the 2017/18 season when Liverpool suddenly became one of the best teams in the Premier League again.

A few months after his first award, Salah's four goals and two assists in the Premier League meant he secured his second POTM. Liverpool got two wins and a draw and started to look like a safe bet for a top-four spot.

"The players make it easier and the boss also makes it easier for me," Salah said. "It's nice to win it again especially because it's the Player of the Month of the Premier League, so that's something good. I say always try to help reach the three points and to be in a better position."


March 2018

Mohamed Salah
Salah made it back-to-back POTM wins / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages
  • Goals: 6

In the following month, Salah's form did not slow down. If anything, it just increased and Liverpool were marching towards Champions League qualification again. Salah grabbed six goals in the month of March to make it successive awards.

A big part of his success was the four goals he scored in one game when Liverpool battered Watford 5-0 at Anfield. He also scored a really important winner at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.


October 2021

Mohamed Salah
Salah was the key to one of Liverpool's best ever wins / Michael Regan/GettyImages
  • Goals: 5
  • Assists: 4

Incredibly, Salah then went three and a half years without winning the award, despite Liverpool remaining in and around the title race and the top four. The initial excitement around his form subsided and he was soon just a consistently really good player.

He got an incredible five goals and four assists October 2021, showing his creative spark on top of his clinical edge. The goals included a great solo effort against Manchester City for which he won Goal of the Month and a hat-trick in a 5-0 win away at Manchester United.


October 2023

Liverpool FC v Nottingham Forest - Premier League
Salah secures his fifth POTM award / MB Media/GettyImages
  • Goals: 5

Exactly two years later, Salah bagged the award again.

Liverpool took seven points from a possible nine in October in the Premier League and in the only Game they didn't win - a 2-2 draw away at Brighton - Salah scored twice. He also netted a brace in the 2-0 win over Everton at Anfield before his October ended with a goal in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

It was a month that restored Liverpool's place in the Premier League title race and with Salah getting so many of their goals, a huge part of that achievement can be attributed to him.


Which players has Mohamed Salah overtaken?

By winning his fifth POTM award, Salah has moved ahead of three current Premier League players. The Egyptian is now level with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, while Steven Gerrard and Cristiano Ronaldo are one further up the road.

He has now moved ahead of Manchester United duo Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, neither of whom are showing the kind of form that suggests they will be changing that in the coming months.

He has also moved beyond Tottenham's Son Heung-min. Son only got his fourth POTM award in September 2023 and has been playing really well this season, so he could feasibly join Salah on five soon. That being said, James Maddison's injury could limit the number of chances he gets to score in the foreseeable future.


Rank

Player

POTM wins

1.

Sergio Aguero

7

1.

Harry Kane

7

3.

Steven Gerrard

6

3.

Cristiano Ronaldo

6

5.

Robin van Persie

5

5.

Wayne Rooney

5

5.

Mohamed Salah

5

7.

Dennis Bergkamp

4

7.

Bruno Fernandes

4

7.

Thierry Henry

4

7.

Frank Lampard

4

7.

Marcus Rashford

4

7.

Son Heung-min

4

7.

Paul Scholes

4

7.

Alan Shearer

4

7.

Jamie Vardy

4


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