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Golden Shoe 2017-18: Top Goalscorers in Europe, Updated Points on February 5

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides second goal and his 100th Premier League goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Harry Kane struck out on his own atop the standings in the race for the European Golden Shoe on Sunday as he netted in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 draw with Liverpool, but Mohamed Salah is just two points behind him after he netted both of the Reds' goals.

Kane took his tally to 22 Premier League goals for the campaign with his penalty, while Salah hit 21 thanks to an excellent brace, having also found the net against Huddersfield Town in his previous match.

Here are the standings:

1. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 22 goals x 2.0 difficulty factor = 44.0 points

T2. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 21 x 2.0 = 42.0 points

T2. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 21 x 2.0 = 42.0 points

T4. Lionel Messi, Barcelona: 20 x 2.0 = 40.0 points

T4. Ciro Immobile, Lazio: 20 x 2.0 = 40.0 points

6. Jonas, Benfica: 25 x 1.5 = 37.5 points

T7. Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan: 18 x 2.0 = 36.0 points

T7. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich: 18 x 2.0 = 36.0 points

T7. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: 18 x 2.0 = 36.0 points

T10. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City: 17 x 2.0 = 34.0 points

Rules: UEFA has assigned all European leagues a difficulty rating between one and two, which is multiplied by a player's goals to calculate his points tally.

Europe's top five leagues have a rating of two, and so goals scored in them are worth two points each, whereas in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, for example, goals are worth just 1.5 points.

                            

Kane and Salah Advance at Anfield

Although controversial refereeing decisions—which saw Spurs handed two late penalties at Anfield—have dominated much of the attention from Liverpool's electric clash with the Lilywhites, Kane and Salah deserve plenty, too.

The former took both spot-kicks. After firing his first straight toward Loris Karius at a comfortable height, he confidently dispatched the second by sending the German the wrong way.

In doing so, he sealed a point for his side and netted his 100th Premier League goal. The 24-year-old has come a long way in a short space of time:

B/R Football @brfootball

141 games. 100 goals. Harry Kane 🎯 https://t.co/Rdw3i1wIa7

He also earned congratulations from the Premier League's all-time top scorer, Alan Shearer—the only man to reach a century in the competition in fewer games:

Alan Shearer @alanshearer

Congratulations @HKane Welcome to the @premierleague 100 club 🙋🏼‍♂️#strikersunion #bigballs ⚽️

The goal gave him the sole lead in the race for the Golden Shoe, but Salah is close behind after three goals in two matches.

He netted a penalty to wrap up Liverpool's 3-0 win over Huddersfield last Tuesday, and he opened the scoring on Sunday after he capitalised on a mistake by Eric Dier.

The Reds marked the milestone goal on their official Twitter account:

Liverpool FC @LFC

Quickest to 2️⃣0️⃣ @premierleague goals for #LFC: ♦️ Salah 25 games ♦️ Torres 27 games ♦️ Sturridge 27 games ♦️ Fowler 37 games ♦️ Owen 39 games https://t.co/359m6kINGx

His stunning second—which came between Kane's two penalties in the 91st minute—saw him pick up the ball on the right and escape the attention of three Spurs players before rifling home from close range.

Football journalist Leanne Prescott put his goalscoring achievements in context:

Leanne Prescott @_lfcleanne

Mo Salah has now got 21 goals in the Premier League - more than the entire Swansea or Huddersfield team and level with West Brom, Brighton and Burnley’s goal tally.

The Egyptian has lit up the Premier League this season like no other, with the possible exception of Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne.

Salah looked to be an excellent acquisition from Roma in the summer, though few could have predicted just how good he would be. He is already enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career, and he seems certain to push Kane right to the wire for the Golden Shoe.

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