Salah offered trophy warning by Rush as 36-goal star closes on Liverpool record

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A former Reds striker would be happy to surrender an entry in the history books to an in-form forward as silverware meant more to him than records

Mohamed Salah has been warned by Ian Rush than collective trophies at Liverpool mean more than records, as his 47-goal haul comes under threat.

A remarkable debut campaign at Anfield for a man acquired for just £36.9 million last summer has seen him find the target on 36 occasions to date.

He now has the Reds’ all-time record for a single campaign in his sights, with club legend Rush having set that benchmark back in 1983-84.

Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer says he would be happy to see Salah overtake him, with his efforts having come in a season which delivered a First Division title, League Cup and European Cup treble.

Rush told ESPN FC on Salah’s exploits: "Even when I broke Roger Hunt's record, he told me that records are there to be broken.

"Of course you want to hold on to your records, but being connected with Liverpool Football Club now, you don't mind them being broken because that means they're doing well.

"Maybe a difference is that when I scored 47 goals, we won three trophies. That's what we've got to start doing now.

"It's great having individual trophies, but in my season we won three trophies. I'm more pleased that we won three trophies than I did scoring 47 goals."

Salah has also been told that he can expect to be a marked man from this point, with opposition defences now fully aware of the threat he poses.

Ian Rush Mohamed Salah trophies over records

They have struggled to contain him across the 2017-18 campaign to date, but a true measure of 25-year-old’s ability will come next season when he endeavours to produce across multiple campaigns.

Rush added: "You know next season people will be looking out for you. People will be out there saying: ‘If you stop Salah from playing, then you stop Liverpool from playing and winning.’

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"You're always looking to improve each season because the opposition will be doing exactly the same. If you can't add one or two things to your makeup, then you're not going to do that."

Salah could still end the current campaign with silverware, both personal and collective.

Liverpool remain in the Champions League, where they will meet Premier League rivals Manchester City at the quarter-final stage, while a talismanic presence is among those in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award.

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