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Salah reveals goal target after reaching assists milestone in win over Villarreal

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ohamed Salah has revealed that he has some way to go to reach his target for Liverpool goals this season.

With just three strikes in his last 15 matches, the Egyptian was unable to add to his tally of 30 goals on Tuesday night as the Reds beat Villarreal in the Champions League – however he did notch his 15th assist of the campaign.

“Always at the start of the season, I know what I want as an individual and collectively,” Salah told BT Sport post-match.

“I’m nearly there. I have a big expectation for myself. Before the season started, I said I’d go for 40 goals and 10 or 15 assists.

“Now I’ve reached the assists, I need to focus on the goals! Trent [Alexander-Arnold] will be annoyed that I have the most assists in the Premier League, but I’m going to go for everything.”

Salah teed up Fabinho for the goal that kickstated Liverpool’s comeback at Estadio de la Ceramica, earning a place in the final that manager Jurgen Klopp described as “so special”.

“Outstanding, massive, it feels like it’s the first final, to be honest, because it is always so special,” said Klopp.

“It is, for me, the best club competition in the world. I love it, love the sound, everything, love the nights.

“Respect to Villarreal, this really wonderful stadium, what the people are doing here is incredible, what Unai [Emery] is doing is incredible, how the players put us under pressure, everything is great.

“So it feels so special because it was so difficult for us, but in the end we deserved it as well and that’s really cool.”

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