If Mohamed Salah scores during Liverpool’s final league match of the campaign, against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, he will break the Premier League record for most goals in a single season.
The Egyptian forward, who is in his debut season at Anfield following his £36 million move from AS Roma last summer, equalled the record – which is held jointly by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez – against West Brom back on April 21.
Since then he’s played in two Premier League matches, against Stoke City and Chelsea, and drawn two blanks.
Salah is convinced that he will break the record this weekend, confidentially announcing that the record is “already broken” while collecting one of several individual accolades earlier this week.
However, if the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year fails to score, it’s still been a remarkable campaign from the 25-year-old, who has exceeded all expectations since joining the Reds.
Salah has 43 goals in 50 appearances and, in the process, has helped Liverpool reach their first Champions League final since 2007.
Jurgen Klopp and his players will turn their focus to May 26 following the Brighton game and that do-or-die Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev.
SALAH’S CONTRACT DETAILS LEAKED
If Salah helps Liverpool become European champions by playing a role in that match, then he will be the leading candidate for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award ahead of the World Cup finals in Russia.
Moving to Liverpool has benefitted Salah in so many ways, not least financially.
A new book from Football Leaks, per the Mirror, shows that the red-hot forward currently earns a cool £123,030 a week at Anfield.
However, he also pocketed himself a whopping £2.5 million in February, just six months after his debut for the Merseyside outfit, after hitting one of the targets in his contract.
HOW HE EARNED HIMSELF £2.5M BONUS IN FEBRUARY
Liverpool inserted a clause whereby Salah would earn himself £2.5m by reaching 35 goals and assists combined in his first season with the Reds.
This was supposed to be a season-long target but Salah had reached it by February.
Salah scored five goals in February (against Tottenham, Southampton, Porto and West Ham) and registered two assists (against Southampton and West Ham).
And it was in one of these matches that Salah significantly boosted his bank balance, even though it went totally unnoticed at the time.