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Salisu is the first player to make 50 interceptions in the Premier League in the 2021-22 season

Why was Mohammed Salisu not called up to feature for the Black Stars in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

No Premier League player has made more interceptions than Mohammed Salisu this season. He was named man of the match in Southampton’s draw against leaders Manchester City.

Salisu has made 53 interceptions this season which is 10 more than any player in the league this season. He made 71 touches,27/36 passes completed, 9/10 duels won, 4 interceptions, 14 clearances which is the 2nd most in a Premier League game this season and 3 blocks in the game against Manchester City.

The Saints went into the game with an 11-point lead over Man City at the top of the Premier League table, but Pep Guardiola's side got off to a poor start on the south coast.

Kyle Walker-Peters' first Premier League goal startled them in the seventh minute, as he connected up beautifully with Nathan Redmond, took a touch, and fired a perfect strike past Ederson.

Armando Broja thought he had increased the hosts' lead thanks to Oriel Romeu's through ball, but the assistant's flag saved Guardiola's men's blushes. 

City had yet to cause too many difficulties for the Saints defense, but Raheem Sterling came within inches of leveling the score when he latched onto Kevin De Bruyne's pass, cut inside the box, and fired a shot barely over the bar.

Moments later, he had an even better chance, but instead sent a shot straight at Fraser Forster from point-blank range. 

After the break, Ralph Hasenhüttl's team continued to cause difficulties for their illustrious opponents, with Broja coming close on two occasions.

The Albanian's header hit the post, and he was wonderfully foiled by Aymeric Laporte's challenge to keep out his close-range shot. 

But, for all of City's brilliance this season, it was a set piece, courtesy of Laporte, that finally shattered Southampton's resistance.

In the 65th minute, the Spaniard made a late run into the box to meet De Bruyne's free kick with a straightforward header that flew past Forster.

With an exquisite strike that grazed the outside of the post, the Belgian almost completed the rescue act, but Saints hung on with their defense marshalled by the superb Mohammed Salisu to earn a well-deserved point.

The result extends City's lead at the top of the league to 12 points, but the draw leaves the door open for Liverpool, who have two games in hand and can narrow the deficit to six points.

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