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Mo Salah admits his target at the start of the season was 40 goals and says he prefers playing at Madrid

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Mo Salah admits his target at the start of the season was 40 goals and says he’d rather face Real Madrid in the Champions League final than Man City… as the Liverpool star opens up to BT Sport in a revealing post-match interview

  • Liverpool star Mohamed Salah sets individual and collective goals each season
  • He has set his sights on scoring 40 goals and registering 15 assists this season.
  • He has currently scored 30 goals and registered 15 assists in progress campaign
  • Salah says he sets such ambitious goals to ensure he and his team grow
  • The Egyptian striker has also expressed his desire to play Real in the final

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has revealed he has set himself a target of scoring 40 goals and registering 15 assists at the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Salah was off the scoresheet in Liverpool’s 3-2 triumph over Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday but did assist Fabinho’s goal.

Speaking after the match, Salah – who currently has 30 goals this season – admitted he has set an individual and collective goal for the season to ensure he and the team stay on track.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah sets individual and collective goals at the start of each season

Speaking to BT Sport after Liverpool’s win over Villarreal, Salah revealed he has set an ambitious target of scoring 40 goals this season.

The 29-year-old striker said: “Always at the start of the season I set goals. I know what I want as an individual and collectively. That way I know how my season is going.

Rio Ferdinand intervened by asking the Egyptian striker: “Already 30 goals and 15 assists, is it above or below what you expected?”.

The striker has set himself the target of scoring 40 goals and registering 15 assists this season

The striker has set himself the target of scoring 40 goals and registering 15 assists this season

Salah was off the scoresheet in Liverpool's 3-2 triumph over Villarreal in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, but did assist Fabinho's opener.

Salah was off the scoresheet in Liverpool’s 3-2 triumph over Villarreal in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, but did assist Fabinho’s opener.

To which Salah responded by saying, “Oh down.” His response sparked laughter from the BT panel before they realized he was serious.

Salah went on to explain, “Yeah. I have high expectations for myself. Honestly, I never said this but before the start of the season, I’m going for 40 goals this season and 15 assists.

“I have to focus on the goals now! Thirty [Alexander-Arnold] going to be angry to have the biggest assist in the Premier League, but I’m going to do everything.

Salah also shed some light on who he would like to face in the Champions League final in Paris at the end of the month.

The Liverpool star has said he would like to face Real Madrid against Manchester City as he plots revenge for the disappointment suffered in 2018.

The Egyptian forward has also expressed his desire to play Real Madrid in the final after Liverpool turned down the chance to lift the trophy in 2018 (above)

The Egyptian forward has also expressed his desire to play Real Madrid in the final after Liverpool turned down the chance to lift the trophy in 2018 (above)

Liverpool were denied the chance to lift the trophy four years ago after Gareth Bale scored a brace so watch the La Liga giants win 3-1.

The Reds won the Champions League crown the following season, but that did not diminish Salah’s desire for revenge.

“I want to play in Madrid, I have to be honest,” Salah told BT Sport. “Manchester City are a really tough team, we’ve played against them a few times this season.

“If you ask me personally, I would prefer Madrid. We lost in the final before against them, I want to play them and I hope we win.

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