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.”


LIVE: Brazil v. Argentina in Saudi Arabia

Updated 10 min 4 sec ago
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LIVE: Brazil v. Argentina in Saudi Arabia

50 MINUTES: We're back out for the second half and we've got a stoppage in play here for a Danilo Silva injury, but Argentina have come out much better in this second half creating two decent chances and forcing a corner. Much better from the Argentines.

HALFTIME: BRAZIL 0 - ARGENTINA 0 - Brazil have forced more of the game, but both teams have been cagey in this first half. Let's hope they step it up in the second half to give the big crowd in attendance something to cheer about.

Neymar warming up in Jeddah before the Brazil v. Argentina clash. (AFP)

43 MINUTES: Brazil win a free kick in a very promising situation, and it looks perfect for a Neymar special. But the oddly-coiffeured Brazilian steps up and sends the free kick straight into the wall. A wasted opportunity.

35 MINUTES: A lull in the action, but the fans are making themselves heard, and the ground appears to be fully behind the Samba boys.

The fans are making themselves heard, and the ground appears to be fully behind the Samba boys. (Reuters)

31 MINUTES: CLOSE - Argentina's Paulo Dybala hits the ball in from a mid-range free kick, but the effort goes just wide of the right post.

29 MINUTES: HOW HAS HE NOT SCORED? Miranda gathers a nice lofted pass deep inside the Argentina box and attempts to put the ball low into the middle of the goal, but somehow his shot is kept out by a host of defending players.

20 MINUTES: There's a glimpse of the rivalry between these two nations, Brazil's Danilo commits a rough challenge and it's a free kick to Argentina. No love lost here.

15 MINUTES: Brazil are having the better of this game, with nearly two-thirds of possession and are looking the more dangerous here in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia is playing host to two giants of football, Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday evening. (Reuters)

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is playing host to two giants of football, Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday evening. 

Argentina thumped a hapless Iraq 4-0 with a dominant display as Lautaro Martinez on Friday, Roberto Pereyra, German Pezzella and Franco Cervi all beat Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hassan to ensure a resounding victory. While Brazil had a comfortable 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia last week.