Salah, Jota, Sterling, 12 others race for Premier League top scorer

Salah is the second-fastest Liverpool player behind Roger Hunt to score 150 goals for Liverpool in his 233rd appearance.
Salah, Jota, Sterling, 12 others race for Premier League top scorer

At least 15 Premier League players are in contention for the 2021/2022 highest goal scorer.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is currently leading the race with a total of 17 goals after 26 matches.

Salah is followed closely on the EPL top scorers chart by his in-form teammate, Diogo Jota, who has netted 12 goals so far.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling lies third on the chart with 10 goals while Nigeria and Watford's Emmanuel Dennis, Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy are amongst the eight players currently levelled on nine goals.

However, Salah appears to be the favourite to win the award with approximately 12 match weeks to the end of the 2021/2022 EPL season.

The Egyptian star has shown no sign of slowing down and he made sure of that by increasing his goal tally to 17, stretching his lead by five goals after Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Norwich on Saturday.

Salah pounced on a 70-yard ball from goalkeeper Alisson with a deft touch, leaving the Canaries' defence and goalkeeper looking like toddlers when he before slotting home the goal in an unexpected manner.

The goal was Salah's 150th goal for Liverpool in his 233rd appearance - only Roger Hunt (226) has reached the milestone in fewer appearances, according to OptaJoe.

Salah has now scored 25 in 30 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

On becoming the second-fastest Liverpool player behind Roger Hunt to score 150 goals for the club, Salah said: "It feels great. I'm always proud to score for this club and the most important thing is to win games which is what we did today.

"What we can do is focus on each game and that's the most important thing.

"We know when you fight with City, City most of the time they win games so all we can do is focus on ourselves and see what happens at the end of the season."

See the Premier League highest scorers chart after match week 26 below:

17 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

12 goals: Diogo Jota (Liverpool).

10 goals: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

9 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Raphinha (Leeds United), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

8 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham), Neal Maupay (Brighton), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) and Jarrod Bowen (West Ham).

Meanwhile, Harry Kane who netted a brace against Manchester City on Saturday could still join the race with a good run of form in the coming weeks.

7 goals: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Mason Mount (Chelsea), and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal).

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