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Salah says he has ‘proof of my words’ with bullish Liverpool interview before FA Cup final

Jonny Whitfield
Mo Salah Liverpool FWA presentation

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah says that his goalscoring numbers are proof that he is the “best” in the world in his position.

The Egypt star has enjoyed another strong season for the Reds and nailed his place in Liverpool folklore. Indeed, while he is a standout player in the current team, his achievements this season will ensure he cannot be forgotten.

In September, Salah became the fifth-fastest player to 100 Premier League goals. A couple of weeks later, he became the fastest player to 100 league goals for Liverpool.

Overall, Salah has scored 30 goals for Liverpool this season. His performances have driven the club’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple.

As a result, the 29-year-old has insisted that there is no-one better in the world in his position.

“If you compare me with any player in my position, not only in my team but in the world, you will find that I am the best,” Salah told beIN Sports.

“I always focus on my work and do my best and my numbers are the best proof of my words.

“I like to always create a new challenge for me, to work in a different way and to make a difference and that is my duty.”

Salah is also on course for a third Premier League Golden Boot award of his Liverpool spell so far.

He leads the way with 22 strikes, ahead of Tottenham’s Son Heung-min (20) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United (18).

Elsewhere, Salah has scored eight times in the Champions League. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has 15 at the top of that list, with the pair to meet in the final later this month.

The Reds are also gunning for FA Cup glory as they seek a cup treble after winning the Carabao Cup in February.

Salah must focus on Liverpool form

Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson

Despite his achievements so far this season, though, Salah is currently out of form – by his standards at least.

Since scoring a penalty away at Brighton in March, his only goals since then were a brace against Man Utd at Anfield on April 19.

In fact, his last goal from open play before the goal at Brighton was against Leeds United on February 23.

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Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to be stubborn with Mo Salah and his new contract

And Salah said after Liverpool made it to the Champions League final that, having hit 30 goals this season, he wants 40 before the season is out.

With four more games to go, including two cup finals, now is the time for Salah to end his talking and focus his mind on the pitch.

Indeed, he added after the semi-final win over Villarreal that he wants “revenge” over Madrid for Liverpool’s defeat to Los Blancos in the 2018 Champions League showpiece.