Mohamed Salah continues to look like an unstoppable figure, as he notched up another goal during Newcastle’s visit to Anfield.
The Egyptian added further distance between himself and the chasing pack atop the top scorer’s list.
With the Premier League appearing to be a 3 horse race this season, it comes as no surprise that opposition fanbases are constantly looking to one-up each other.
And this little skirmish between the Liverpool and Chelsea faithful revolved around the former AS Roma player.
Due to Salah’s dominance in the league for the better part of his tenure at Liverpool, a debate took shape as fans online compared the Egyptian to Chelsea legend Eden Hazard.
The Los Blancos forward similarly to Salah is another 5’7 wizard to have grabbed the Premier League by the scruff of its neck.
Naturally, fans on Twitter pitted the two’s credentials against each other, surrounded by claims that the Liverpool man has surpassed the Belgian’s legacy.
The Egyptian can do it all
The trailblazing Egyptian’s numbers speak for themself. Salah’s thunderous first season in the top flight outweighs any of Hazard’s, at least in terms of goals.
His current campaign continues to go swimmingly well as he’s already close to surpassing Hazard’s highest-scoring season with half the season still yet to play.
Mohamed Salah had more UCL goals(10) in his 17/18 campaign than Eden Hazard has CAREER UCL goals(9). pic.twitter.com/bUfydS6J0m— ً (@lfcadam__) December 16, 2021
However, boxing Salah into the classification of a mere goal-machine might be a tad unfair. The technique Salah possesses is the stuff of dreams.
Hazard stans are so annoying man. If we want to talk about creativity, Salah is only 3 behind Hazard total “big chances created” while playing 70 less games😭— ً (@ftbldrizzy) December 18, 2021
From pinging balls out of the air without breaking a sweat to executing devastating dribbles at a breakneck pace, the Egyptian can do it all.
Having already added the coveted Champions League title to his list of honours, Salah solidifies an already strong case.
Maturing is realising this season Mohamed salah is better than any version of Eden hazard— ➰ (@UTDMarcel) December 16, 2021
The numbers don’t do justice to the Belgian’s genius
With the numbers firmly against the Belgian’s, it would be easy to dismiss naysayers by simply stating that the former Chelsea man was more ‘aesthetically’ pleasing or by making it a case of ‘you had to be there’.
However, it remains a bit damning just how quickly the Belgian’s impact on the league has been diminished, perhaps furthered by his decline at Real Madrid.
This adds some credibility to the ‘you had to be there’ argument as mentioned before, had Hazard’s critics witnessed his prime, brushing off his legacy simply could not have been this straightforward.
I’m taking 18/19 Hazard over any version of Salah pic.twitter.com/KvZZxWk9GY— Chad🇵🇹 (@chad_ftbI) December 12, 2021
Prime Hazard was an unplayable figure consistently, carrying an average Chelsea side on his shoulders almost every match week, especially in his final 2 seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Beating players left and right, scoring magnificent solo efforts, creating brilliant chances only to see them go begging due to Chelsea’s lacklustre frontline, the numbers simply don’t do justice to the Belgian’s genius.
Salah can never have a cup final masterclass like Hazard had in UEL pic.twitter.com/4KDC7yfsd7— CHOmicron Out🤡🤡 (@TheTimoEra_) December 15, 2021
This is perhaps why you’ll find Chelsea fans stand sternly by their argument, it’s not just a firm dose of nostalgia fuelling them, instead, it’s having witnessed one of the best players to have ever graced the Premier League at the peak of his powers.
The debates will forever rage on, and opinions probably will always remain divisive.
So whether you’re team Salah or Hazard, what remains undebatable is the fact that the pair have cemented their spot on the pantheon of Premier League greats.