The race for the Premier League Golden Boot is heating up again after Mohamed Salah responded to Sergio Aguero’s four-goal tally against Leicester with his 22nd league strike of the season.
Salah put daylight between himself and his Argentine rival with a well-taken finish shortly before half-time at St Mary’s, and had a hand in Liverpool’s other goal too in their 2-0 win over Southampton.
Aguero had scored four for the third time in his Manchester City career during their 5-1 victory against Leicester, which briefly took him level with the Liverpool forward in the scoring charts.
Raheem Sterling (15) and Jamie Vardy (12) also scored in the first half at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, and occupy fourth and fifth spots of the table.
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Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino (12) was another to add to his impressive season with a sixth-minute opener against the Saints, and manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to both he and Salah after the game.
“I really think [Sergio] Aguero and [Harry] Kane and a few others are really good players as well, but our boys are important for us,” he said. “I love them because of their skills, their attitude but their work-rate is outstanding.
“They profit from our style of play as well. They play in areas where they like to have the ball. But, in this strong league, you cannot be third without fantastic players. They are two of them.”
Southampton 0-2 Liverpool
But Tottenham frontman Harry Kane still leads the way with 23 goals, adding another to his tally as Spurs beat Arsenal 1-0 in the north London derby earlier on Saturday.
Discussing the race for the Golden Boot after Man City’s win, Shay Given questioned if Kane will be happy to stay at Spurs if trophies do not start coming their way, as well as insisting Aguero is under-rated.
“He’s had to lead the line because he’s the only recognised striker Man City have since Gabriel Jesus has been injured and I think he’s done that phenomenally well,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sports.
“It is interesting that Kane is top of the group and we were talking off-air about how happy Kane will be to stay there. Aguero will probably win some trophies this year, but will Kane be happy to stay at Tottenham? He will be in the running for the Golden Boot but he will want to win trophies too.
“But what a player Aguero is. He should be in the PFA team of the year this year, he is such a great player. For whatever reason, people don’t give him the credit he deserves.”
Man City 5-1 Leicester
Redknapp also praised Aguero for his haul after starting fewer games than the players around him in the list but reiterated the importance of winning trophies.
“I think the reason you have to congratulate him is because he hasn’t played a lot of games. Sometimes Pep has played Jesus up front and he has had to sit on the bench,” he added.
Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal
“There were question marks over whether he would be here this year and if he buys into the pressing from the front that Pep wants but he does now. He understands it as well as anyone what the manager wants from him.
“I think the difference from Harry Kane and him is that Aguero will win trophies – he could win four this season – and that is what you want as a player.”