Norwegian phenom Erling Haaland broke yet another record on Saturday, scoring his 50th Premier League goal in just 48 matches. No player in Premier League history has reached a half century of goals quicker. The previous record holder was Andrew Cole, who took 65 games to reach the mark with Manchester United and Newcastle United.
This is just the latest record broken by Haaland, who has been on a tear scoring for City since his switch from Borussia Dortmund last summer. His 36 goals in the Premier League last season was the most ever in a single campaign. The 23-year old is averaging 1.13 goals per game in the league this season, with a league-high 43 shots on goal. 67% of those shots are on target and 33% of them find the back of the net.
Even between the big five European leagues – Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1, Haaland has scored the most goals since the start of last season. Harry Kane however follows close behind, having hit 48 goals in 50 matches for Tottenham and Bayern Munich. Kylian Mbappe is third on the list with 43 goals in his past 46 games for Paris St-Germain.
It should be noted that of the 50 goals scored by Haaland, just two have been scored outside the penalty area. This goes to show that while predictable, the 6 ft 4 striker is almost impossible to defend close to the net. He is proficient with both legs, scoring 33 of his 50 goals with his left foot, six with his right and 10 headers.
Unfortunately the goal was only enough to secure a tie in the top of the table clash between Manchester City and Liverpool. The reigning Premier League champions are now 9-2-2 on the season, sitting with 29 points in 2nd place behind Arsenal. Liverpool is just one point behind in third place with a record of 8-4-1.
Haaland scored in the 27th minute to give the hosts a lead in the first half. Haaland was able to find a little space between Liverpool’s center backs, creeping in to beat goalkeeper Allison Becker with a strike to the bottom-right of goal.
Man City thought they had doubled their lead when Rúben Dias got one past Becker but it was ruled out for a goalline foul on Alisson by Manuel Akanji.
It wasn’t until the 80th minute that Liverpool had some success as right-back Alexander-Arnold drilled one into the far-corner on an assist by Mohamed Salah.
The game ended in a 1-1 tie to end City’s perfect record at home in 2023 which had stretched 23 games. The tie also allowed Arsenal to jump ahead of both teams in the standings after beating Brentford later in the day.
Overall City dominated the time of possession 60% to 40% and doubled Liverpool’s shots on goal 8 to 16. Ending in a tie, while not a bad result will be considered an unfavorable outcome for City.
Title Race Heats Up
City have a tough act to follow from their Treble of the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup last season. Many expected the team to waltz in and take a commanding lead this season but City hasn’t been able to create a significant gap with rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.
While City do still seem to be the best team in the League, they may not have such an easy time taking home the title this year. What they do however have going for them is the return of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne which could elevate the team to the next level.
March of next year will be huge for all three teams at the top as they face off against each other in what should decide the Premier League winner. First Liverpool will be taking on Man City on the 9th of March at Anfield and then City will host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on the 30th.