Salah targets place in Liverpool record books

File photo showing Mo Salah celebrates scoring another goal for Liverpool. Photograph: (Getty Images)
Updated 18 April 2018
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Salah targets place in Liverpool record books

LONDON: Mohamed Salah has set his sights on breaking Ian Rush’s Liverpool record for the most goals scored in a single season.
Salah bagged his 40th goal of the campaign when he netted in Liverpool’s win against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Now he is only seven goals short of equalling Liverpool legend Rush’s club record mark of 47, which he set in 1983-84.
With four Premier League matches and a two-legged Champions League semifinal to come, the Egypt star has a good chance of achieving his goal at the end of a dream first season with Liverpool following his move from Chelsea last year.
“There’s a big chance to break the record, to be number one for a club like Liverpool, it’s something huge,” Salah told Premier League Productions.
“I will be very happy if I break it. I’m happy about 40, I want to keep scoring, I want to be number one for the record.
“It’s always good when you see your name with legends of a club like Liverpool, it’s a different feeling and I’m very happy about that.
“But I always try to look at myself and I want more. I have 40 now, I’m telling myself, ‘Why not? You can be number one!’“
Salah is a strong contender to win the Footballer of the Year award, but he insists he is more concerned with enjoying a successful finish to the season with Liverpool, who face Roma in the Champions League semifinals.
“I will try my best to break the record but, as I’ve said before, we play as 11 players, I play for the team,” he said.
“It’s not about individual awards, it’s something for the team. I’m sure if I have a chance to give it to someone else to score, I will — it’s not about me, it’s about us.”


Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

  • A double from Almoez Ali means Qatar top Group E.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi's men now face Japan in second round on Monday.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

From the kick-off the Green Falcons were the ones who looked the more likely to make the initial breakthrough —  Fahad Almuwallad slamming a right-foot shot against the post after 22 minutes.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos then missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who scored four goals in Qatar's 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea's Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight.

While the defeat was not ideal Green Falcons coach Pizzi said he was still hopeful Saudi Arabia would be able to go far in the tournament. 

"It was an intense game but we have to hide our feelings and prepare for the last 16," Pizzi said.

"We were missing quality in the final third and individual errors have cost us," he added.

"But we will bounce back. I respect every team left in the competition, including Japan, but I don't feel that we are inferior to them in any way."

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarterfinals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16.