Mohamed Salah becomes first Premier League player to FPL milestone

Another week, another record.

Mohamed Salah has become the first player to reach 100 points in the 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) season, beating Manchester City's Erling Haaland to the milestone.

Liverpool's irrepressible number 11 scored twice in the Reds' 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday, taking his personal tally to ten goals this season.

The brace also means Salah now has 200 goals in English football – 198 of those coming with the Reds, of course.

In the Premier League goalscoring charts after 12 games, only City striker Haaland (13) has more strikes than Salah, with the two set to be the top contenders for the Golden Boot this season.

However, while the Norwegian has more goals to his name at the moment, it is Salah who has proven to be the better pick for FPL managers. The Liverpool winger went past the 100 mark in gameweek 12 after his Brentford display saw him collect a whopping 16 points.

With 101 points currently, Salah is the first Premier League star to hit triple figures this season – with Haaland his closest rival on 96.

The Premier League notes that although the Egyptian is leading in terms of points, he is only owned by 46% of managers (what are you doing people?!) in comparison with Haaland's 82% ownership.

One major advantage Salah has over Haaland in FPL points terms is that he is classified as a midfielder rather than a forward and, as such, collects a point for any clean sheets Liverpool pick up.

Since his arrival at Anfield in 2017, Salah has topped the FPL scoring charts in three seasons – 2017/18 (303 points), 2018/19 (259 points) and 2021/22 (265 points).

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 11, 2023: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brentford FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking after his star man's latest brace to reach 200 goals in English football, manager Jurgen Klopp said: “Exceptional. Just an exceptional player.

“He played a super game today.

“We all know how difficult it is against these two tall centre-backs, two players around him and all these kind of things, but how often he kept the ball for us and we could play from there – that was super-important – and then scoring two goals.

“We had so many good moments in the first half where we scored but it was offside and things like that. Then in that moment, the composure for the first goal is insane.

“There is no doubt when the ball is in that area [that] in the end you see it on the scoresheet. A pretty special player.”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank, meanwhile, suggested Salah is in a class of his own in terms of talent.

"I think off the top of my head he is potentially the best player in the Premier League," the Dane said after his side's defeat at Anfield.

"In terms of goals and assists, what a level. Must be one of the best offensive players in the world – like not top 10, top three, sitting here on the spot."

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