With the season half over, Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League table and looking forward in the new year to competing in the knockout rounds of the Champions League for the first time since 2009. Things may not be perfect, but for the most part fans’ hopes are high and the mood is good.
As for the players and manager, the goal heading into 2018 will be to secure silverware, and even if a league title appears out of reach in the current campaign, the Champions League and FA Cup are both competitions this side will feel they can go deep in if they play well—and maybe even win.
“I want to win titles here,” was Mohamed Salah’s take on his plans for the new year. “I came to win something for the clubs, for us and for the fans. I would love to win something here. We are working hard everyday to win something and I'm sure we are going to win something this year."
Salah has certainly done his part so far—he leads the league in scoring, with 21 goals and six assists to show for 27 total appearances so far. He’s well on pace to hit 30 this season, and likely 20 in the league, something a Liverpool player hasn’t done since Luis Suarez was at the club.
It will be down to more than just Salah’s goals to decide if Liverpool do win anything when the 2017-18 gets into its second half, but on current form he’s certainly doing his part—on form he’s the best player in England and wouldn’t look out of place in the final three of next year’s Ballon d’Or.
And while Liverpool are certainly benefitting from the Egyptian attacker’s stellar play since his arrival from Roma last summer, in turn at least some of that is down to him working with Jürgen Klopp this season, a partnership that bodes well for the future of both player and club.
“With the boss now I play closer to goal than I have with any other club,” Salah added. “I’m always in front of the goal so I can score. At the beginning when I signed it was a bit different to Roma, but soon I knew what the coach wanted, and the quality of players makes everything easier.”