Salah shows enormous level of fitness following Suarez's example
Echo's James Pearce compares two big names. Suarez showed has been miraculous in terms of his avoiding injuries and being fit throughout the season. He barely missed a single game during his spell at Liverpool. Salah's career at Anfield proves he's got that merit as well.
"Of course Suarez and Salah have contrasting on-field personalities. Salah is calmer and better able to control his emotions in the heat of battle. He hasn't had any of the disciplinary issues which have dogged Suarez's career.
"But when it comes to durability, they have plenty in common. They both hate missing games and will do whatever it takes to avoid doing so. They are both model professionals and look after themselves. They both take getting substituted as a personal affront. Suarez has been injury free for over 98% of matches in his professional career. Salah, who at the age of 26 is five years younger, has been fit for over 97%.
"The Egyptian attacker has not missed a single Premier League game since he arrived at Anfield from Roma in a £43.9million deal in the summer of 2017. Considering he's had top-flight defenders kicking lumps out of him in the most competitive and energy-sapping league in the world, that's some achievement.
"Salah has been involved in all 30 Liverpool games in all competitions so far this season – clocking up 2,390 minutes. A tight hamstring and illness threatened to dent that run but on each occasion he calmed those fears and insisted he was ready for duty. Last season he played 52 games for the Reds – clocking up 4,119 minutes.
"In his two seasons at Roma, Salah made 83 appearances – playing 3,402 minutes in 2015/16 and 3,185 the following campaign. In total he missed just seven games for the club due to an ankle problem. Liverpool knew they were getting both silk and steel. Keeping their talisman fit and firing will go a long way to deciding the outcome of the Premier League title race. Having plundered a record-breaking 44 goals last season, he already boasts 17 in all competitions this time around.
"Salah is currently locked on 14 league goals with Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Golden Boot, but he will fancy his chances of pushing on and retaining the trophy. Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero is four goals adrift of Salah. A groin injury has restricted him to just 1,635 minutes for City so far this term. Kevin de Bruyne, who challenged Salah for the PFA Player of the Year prize in 2017/18, has only played 573 minutes this season.
"Salah is a machine. He's relentless. Just like Suarez, he's the pivotal figure in a Liverpool title challenge. Five years ago it ended in tears as Suarez fell agonisingly short of the prize his tireless efforts deserved. Kopites will hope that this time around there's a happier ending with teak-tough Salah leading the charge."