Date published: Tuesday 9th April 2019 11:32
Jordan Henderson believes Mohamed Salah would always be the successor of Liverpool before any personal achievements.
The Egyptian's crucial goal in the Reds' 3-1 win on the road at Southampton took him to the Premier League strikes for the club.
Despite scoring 65 goals in 95 appearances in all competitions since joining Liverpool from Roma, Salah has still come back to his record of last campaign.
"I have to admit it to me to smile and listen to the Southampton game that Mo Salah has ended his drought when he scored our second goal," Henderson said in Liverpool's official matchday program.
"In fairness to the 'Egyptian King' he made a good point in the live post-match TV interview by pointing out how many games I had to wait for a goal. Even if the joke was at my expense I loved that it was not having it and gave a little nibble back to the premise of the question.
"The goal was a landmark one for Mo because it took him to 50 in the Premier League for our club. I'll be glad to see you in Torres, Suarez and Fowler. That's some list of players and the biggest tribute you can pay.
"Even though it was a significant goal for him personally, the best thing about it is that it would have been much better. You could see that in his celebration. Like all of us he knew what an important goal that was for the club and our ambition of winning the game and going back to the top of the table.
"I'm not sure enough to know the facts about the goals and the numbers of the day – and we want to keep them in their hands. But if they are in the room they are more than just a little different. They are massively mistaken.
"During the period he did not have a scoring in the past. He's evolved so much more
"You saw how we managed to win the game against Spurs – and if I was on the Premier League panel. But in a way it said it all. I was so happy to have a great part of it to be such an important win and we were all massively appreciative of what he did. He did not need to be credited with the goal for us, his teammates, to recognize his value.
"I think I'm right in saying he's bagged 21 goals this season, which by the way is absolutely massive. That's 65 goals for us overall in almost two seasons – a genuinely staggering figure. Throw in the number of assists too and it tells you everything about what he brings to this team.
"But if you ask all the other lads they'll tell you the same thing: what do you think you can do? It is the same for the whole of the world, but neither of these issues has been dealt with by the United States.
"The three are the epitome of 'team players' – they work, they graft, they give everything to help the team win. And they're all, obviously, world-class forwards.
I'm not sure how much I'm going to be happy, but I'm pretty confident it'll be more than it's going to be. The number that matters to us is our position in the Premier League when 38 games are done and the end result in the Champions League. And for Mo, his aim is to get us as close to achieving our goals as possible, in any way he can. "