Difficult seasons to come for Salah but Shearer says Liverpool star will break his record

Tom Biggs 22/03/2018
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Former England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer believes Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is likely to break his long-standing record for most goals in a Premier League season.

Shearer currently holds the joint-record for goals scored in a 42-game campaign (34) – alongside Andy Cole – and a 38-game season (31), a feat he shares with former Reds star Luis Suarez and ex-Manchester United man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Salah’s stunning form has seen him net 28 goals already in the Premier League this season, with seven games still to come for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and Shearer accepts he may be waving goodbye to two records come May.

“He’s got every chance. The form he is in is incredible,” Shearer told Sport360 after Hublot’s Match of Friendship in Basel. “Every time he goes out onto the pitch – and I know the feeling well – he feels as though he’s going to score goals.

“So he should. He’s in brilliant form and has been all season. If he can stay fit for the rest of the season then he’s got every chance of breaking those records.

“It’s brilliant that he’s doing so well. I’m pretty certain Liverpool fans will want him to stay long-term and do it every season. The hard part for Salah is when everyone knows your game and it becomes more difficult next season and the season after.

“But you can’t take anything away from him. He’s been absolutely magnificent and it has been great to see.”

Salah’s goalscoring displays mean he’s one of two names being touted for the PFA Premier League Player of the Year. The other standout performer in the eyes of many has been Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, and Shearer feels the battle for the individual award will go right down to the wire.

“They are the two this season. I honestly think right now that it is neck and neck. It all depends what happens in the next six or seven weeks until the end of the season,” Shearer added.

“There’s a lot still to play for, that’s for both of those clubs and the two players.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to Man United exit

David Cooper 22/03/2018
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Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to leave Manchester United.

The Swede was released last summer after a fine first season at Old Trafford ended in a serious knee injury but after getting himself fit again, he was rewarded with a contract until the end of the 2017-18 season in August last year.

However, Ibrahimovic is now set to leave United amid speculation over a move to the LA Galaxy – the Major League Soccer side whose interest in the player has been well-documented.

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Jose Mourinho: 'I don't understand the criticism'

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Jose Mourinho walks off the pitch following the win at Brighton.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has once again rebuffed any criticism directed at him following the club’s Champions League last 16 exit against Sevilla.

The Portuguese, who launched a 12-minute press conference rant prior to the FA Cup win over Brighton – defending his record in charge at Old Trafford, has come under the microscope following a series of below-par displays.

However, the so-called Special One has admitted he “understands the frustration” of the fans but says the club are currently going through a rebuilding phase and results should be expected like this.

Asked about his critics during an interview with CNN World Sport‘s Amanda Davies, Mourinho said: “No, I don’t. I understand the frustration, I understand the sadness of being knocked out in the Champions League, but I don’t understand anything more than that.”

Mourinho went on to say that the Red Devils are only behind rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table and patience, as well as time, is required to get to their level.

“In the history of football all around the world, not just in England, you had the biggest clubs with the moments of transition, you have the biggest clubs with moments of continuous and permanent victories and these are phases in the club. I think really at this moment looking to us in the Premier League we have one team, one club clearly better prepared than us in the past few years to be first and we have 18 clubs behind us. One in front of us, 18 behind us.”

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