Salah is eyeing the long-term dream of Liverpool’s Premier League goalscoring record
Salah is eyeing the long–term dream of Liverpool’s Premier League goalscoring record
Mohamed Salah is two goals away from becoming Liverpool’s all-time Premier League top scorer
Mohamed Salah has been dreaming of breaking Liverpool’s Premier League goalscoring record since his breakthrough campaign at Anfield.
The Egypt international needs just two goals to surpass Robbie Fowler’s benchmark of 128 goals for Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s game at home to fierce rivals Manchester United.
Salah has failed to live up to his lofty standards this season, scoring nine goals in 24 league games for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The former Chelsea and Roma striker hopes he won’t have to wait long to celebrate making history for the Reds.
When asked by Sky Sports about beating Fowler’s record, the 30-year-old said: “This record especially, I think, for me, it’s very special.
“I think when I came, after the first season I scored 32 goals, and I thought I wanted to be top scorer for Liverpool in the Premier League.
“I think I have to catch up. That’s one of my motivations. Every day I [would] wake up and I want to break that record.
“For me, it would be special. Being number one would be special for my career at Liverpool. It’s something I’m really after.”
Erik ten Hag’s United presented the perfect opportunity for Salah to enjoy a key moment, having scored 10 goals in all competitions against the Red Devils – no Liverpool player has scored more.
Salah will add to his tally of nine goals in his last five games against United as he looks to surpass Fowler’s record.
“I think I started to pay more attention to the numbers maybe when I scored 15, 20,” he continued. “But then I thought it was a long way off – more than 100 goals.
“I’m not sure how many seasons I’ll be here, because it’s my first season and after how many seasons [it takes] to break that record.
But if you crack it after six seasons then it’s something great and something I would be very proud of.”
Salah already boasts a record as Africa’s top scorer in the Premier League, while he clinched Liverpool’s European goalscoring record with a goal in their recent 5-2 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
While he suggested Fowler’s record may mark his greatest achievement at Liverpool, Salah insists personal achievement is no substitute for team success.
“I had a good one at Liverpool,” he said of his record-breaking exploits, before adding: “To be fair, as long as we achieve something as a team, that’s the most important thing for me.
“I don’t want to be in a smaller team and be the only one to break records. For me I want to win trophies, I want the players to be happy and I want to be at a top club.
“To break that record at a club like Liverpool is something [which would be] huge.”