But Salah's participation at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) means he will miss at least two Premier League matches, giving the chasing pack the opportunity to reduce the Egyptian's lead. It also hurts his chances of reaching 30 goals in a season for the second time.
|Player||Goals||Next three PL fixtures|
|Salah||16||(AFCON), (AFCON), LEI (H)|
|Jota||10||BRE (H), CRY (A), LEI (H)|
|Vardy||9||EVE (A), BUR (A), TOT (H)|
|Antonio||8||NOR (H), LEE (H), MUN (A)|
|Dennis||8||NEW (A), BUR (A), NOR (H)|
|Raphinha||8||WHU (A), NEW (H), AVL (A)|
|Ronaldo||8||AVL (A), BRE (A), WHU (H)|
|Mane||8||(AFCON), (AFCON), LEI (H)|
|Smith Rowe||8||TOT (A), BUR (H), WOL (A)|
|Son||8||ARS (H), LEI (A), CHE (A)|
With Sadio Mane also at AFCON representing Senegal, the onus on Jota to lead Liverpool's attack is bigger than ever as he enjoys his best-ever goalscoring season in the competition.
Jota's only Premier League hat-trick to date came against Leicester City, who travel to Anfield in Gameweek 24, for Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2019. But the Foxes are the only team to have kept a clean sheet against the Reds this season.
The hopes that Vardy had of picking up a second Golden Boot award, having won it in 2019/20, have been hit by a hamstring injury that is set to rule him out for up to eight weeks.
Of the seven players all tied on eight goals, Emmanuel Dennis looks to have the best short-term fixtures.
Newcastle and Norwich have conceded the most goals this season, with 42 apiece.
Michail Antonio has returned to form of late, scoring two goals in his last three appearances, and his West Ham United team have meetings with two of the bottom five sides over his next three matches.
There is strong pedigree elsewhere in the rest of the chasing pack on eight goals.
Tomorrow: The battle for the Playmaker award