Mohamed Salah has dreamed of breaking Liverpool’s Premier League goalscoring record since his breakout season at Anfield.
The Egypt international only needs two strikes to surpass Robbie Fowler’s 128 goals for Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s home game against fierce rivals Manchester United.
Salah has failed to reach his high standards this campaign, scoring nine times in 24 league appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The former Chelsea and Roma striker hopes he won’t have to wait long to celebrate making history for the Reds.
Asked by Sky Sports about how to break Fowler’s record, the 30-year-old said: “This record is especially important to me, I think it’s really special.
“I think when I came in, after the first season I had 32 goals and I thought I wanted to be Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League.
“I meant that I need to pursue it. This was one of my motives. Every day I [would] Just wake up and I want to break this record.
“It will be special for me. Being number one will be very special for my career here at Liverpool. That’s what I was really chasing.”
Eric ten Hag’s United are giving Salah the perfect opportunity to enjoy a momentous moment by scoring 10 goals in all competitions against the Red Devils – no other Liverpool player has scored more.
Salah will look to add nine goals to his tally in his last five games against United as he looks to surpass Fowler’s.
“I think I started paying more attention to that number, maybe when I hit 15, 20,” he continued. “But then I thought that this is still so far away – more than 100 goals.
“I wasn’t sure how many seasons I would be here because it was my first season and after so many seasons [will it take] beat this record.
“But if you break it after six seasons, that would be great and I would be very proud of it.”
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Salah already boasts an African Premier League scoring record, and in a recent 5-2 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, he set Liverpool’s European scoring record.
Although he suggested that Fowler’s record could be his greatest achievement at Liverpool, Salah insisted that individual achievement would not replace team success.
“I had good results at Liverpool,” he said of his record-breaking exploits, before adding: “Honestly, as long as we as a team achieve something that is the most important to me.
“I don’t want to be on a small team and be the only one breaking records. As for me, I want to win trophies, I want the players to be happy and I’m in a top club.
“Breaking that record at a club like Liverpool is something. [that is going to be] huge.”