Mohamed Salah is beginning to believe Liverpool can win an unprecedented quadruple and has told his teammates to “enjoy it and go for everything”.
Speculation over Salah’s Anfield future is adding a soap opera element to Liverpool’s push for titles on all fronts, as it remains to be seen whether the Egyptian signs a new contract.
That is a distraction Liverpool and Salah are trying to push aside for the moment, with an intense schedule of games meaning there is scant time to deal with such matters.
Salah will be the player Liverpool look to again on Sunday when Jurgen Klopp’s team tackle Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in a game which is being dubbed, perhaps prematurely, as a title decider but which has captured the imagination of a nation all the same.
Liverpool trail City by one point and both will have seven matches remaining after Sunday, with City not having to face any side currently in the top five across those remaining games.
It makes it perhaps imperative that Liverpool do win in Manchester, and Salah said: “We know how to play big games.
“Hopefully we will win the next game but if you ask me about advantage, they have more of an advantage because they are a point ahead and are at home.
“The most important thing for us is not to lose the game, but if we lose the gap is going to be bigger.”
Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 20 goals, but he’s not netted from open play in his last eight games for Liverpool.
He’s scored in four of his previous five Premier League games against City, including each of his last three in a row, but Liverpool are winless in their past four against Pep Guardiola’s side in the competition.
This time, they believe it can be different.
Liverpool have won each of their last 10 Premier League games, keeping eight clean sheets in this run, and with the EFL Cup already secured, Klopp’s team are closing in on glory in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
City are their FA Cup semi-final opponents, and the teams could even meet in the Champions League final.
Salah senses the chance to make trophy history, saying: “We wish we can do four. We’ve never done four before. This season we are really close and we are in top form.
“We’ve won the last 10 games in the Premier League so we are in a good way.”