Mohamed Salah will set the Liverpool and Premier League record for taking the shortest time to hit 50 goals for a single team if he registers his 50th Liverpool league goal against Watford on Wednesday in what will be his 64th appearance.
While a place in the record books would certainly be nice for the Egyptian star, though, the bigger concern is getting the win that would make sure the Reds stay top of the league with just 10 games left following the mid-week round of matches.
“It would be nice to score number 50, number 51, and 52!” Salah says in Wednesday’s matchday programme. “I always push myself to score more goals and to perform better. Records are nice, but for me the Premier League is now the most important thing.”
If Salah scores against Watford on Wednesday—or if he’s held off the scoresheet but manages a marker on Sunday against Everton—he will beat Alan Shearer’s Premier League record, with the former Newcastle man having managed 50 in 66.
For Liverpool, there’s even more of a cushion—record holder Fernando Torres took 72 games to hit 50 league goals for the club. And even if his focus is on the league, the sooner Salah hits 50, one imagines, the better it will be for Liverpool’s chances.
“It’s a very big week,” the 26-year-old adds. “There are three games in eight days and if we can do well in them and still be top of the table that’s big for us. After that there will only be [eight] games left and we will have time to think about that.
“We want to win the Premier League because it would be something huge for the club, for the city, for the fans everywhere, but we just need to win the next game in front of us which is against Watford. We just need to be calm and play our football.”