Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has revealed his personal goals for the 2021/22 season, revealing he has set a specific goal for goals and assists that he has yet to achieve
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Salah got another assist Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Villarreal on Tuesday night to climb to 30 goals and 15 assists in 46 club games this season. That’s a stellar record that puts him at the top of both metrics First League – but the Egyptian star is still not happy.
After Liverpool’s remarkable second-half comeback in Spain, Salah was interviewed by experts from BT Sport on the sidelines. He was asked by Rio Ferdinand if he had a specific target for goals and assists before the start of the season.
“Always. Before the season starts, I know what I want individually and collectively,” he replied. “The collective is the most important thing for the team. Still down [my target]]! I have high expectations of myself. To be honest, I’ve never said that before, but before the season I said, ‘Okay, I’m going to get 40 goals and 10, 15 assists this season.’
“Now I’ve got the assists I need to focus on goals now! I think Trento now [Alexander-Arnold] will be angry because I have the most assists in the Premier League but I will give it my all.”
Salah has 13 assists in the Premier League – one more than Alexander-Arnold – and is also a clear top scorer with 22 goals, three more than Tottenham ‘s son Heung-min. The 29-year-old striker needs to hit a real purple patch of form if he is to meet his goal of 40 goals, with Liverpool having just six games left this season: four in the Premier League and the FA Cup and Champions League Final.
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While Salah is motivated by personal goals, the ultimate goal is to help Jurgen Klopp’s side win the quadruple. That’s still possible thanks to a second-half revival against Villarreal after goals from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin erased their lead in the first leg.
Fabinho fired through Geronimo Rulli’s legs after a pass from Salah to restore the lead before substitute Luis Diaz headed in an Alexander-Arnold cross and Sadio Mane took advantage of a poor Rulli goalkeeper to put the game safely at 5-2 on aggregate do.
“Top assists aren’t something really big, top scorers are always something really big,” added Salah. “Today when I gave Fab the ball everything changed. Assists definitely count, goals too. The team is doing it amazing so let’s hope for the best [the quadruple is the target], for sure. Maybe not at the start of the season, I always focus on the Champions League and Premier League but now we’re close for everything so why not?
“After we beat City in the FA Cup semi-finals [I started to think about quadruple], but even in the group stage of the Champions League we played great, we had a tough group and we played great. Since then I started to believe that we were going to win the Champions League.”
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