Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah could break a Premier League scoring record set by Alan Shearer when the Reds welcome Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Egypt winger has left records tumbling in his wake since returning to the Premier League six years ago and reached another two milestones during last weekend’s clash with Crystal Palace.
Salah benefitted from a significant deflection to draw the Reds level against the Eagles, which marked his 200th goal for Liverpool and his 150th in the Premier League since making his top-flight debut for Chelsea.
The 31-year-old was rested in midweek as Liverpool ended their Europa League group-stage run with a 2-1 loss to Union SG, but he is expected to be reinstated to the first XI against his favourite opponent.
Salah has already struck a remarkable 12 goals from 12 games against Manchester United across all competitions – more than any other player in the fixture’s history – and against no other team has he netted as many goals, having hit 11 against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Ten of those strikes have come in Salah’s 11 Premier League clashes with the Red Devils, including a brace and a pair of assists in March’s 7-0 dismantling of Erik ten Hag’s men at Anfield.
If Salah scores once on Sunday, he will become the player with the most Premier League goals against Manchester United, having equalled Shearer’s 10 during March’s seven-goal slaughter.
The former Chelsea and Roma man has often had his way with Man United over the past couple of years, scoring in each of his last six appearances against them since an FA Cup fourth-round defeat in the 2020-21 season.
Furthermore, not since a goalless draw with Chelsea in January has Salah failed to register a direct goal involvement in a Premier League home game, scoring or assisting in each of his last 16 appearances in the top flight at Anfield.
While Salah is gunning for individual glory on Sunday, a new piece of club history could also be written for Liverpool, who are out to record five successive home clean sheets against Man United in the top flight for the first time ever,
Since Jesse Lingard scored at Anfield in December 2018, Liverpool have shut-out the Red Devils four time on the trot on home soil, winning three of those contests while settling for a point in a 0-0 draw in 2020-21.
Lingard’s consolation strike five years ago is also the only strike that the Red Devils have managed in their last eight trips to Anfield since their most recent triumph in January 2016, where Wayne Rooney scored the only goal.
Jurgen Klopp’s side enter the weekend one point clear of Arsenal at the top of the table, although both the Gunners and Aston Villa could leapfrog Liverpool before their 4.30pm kickoff.
Meanwhile, Man United sit 10 points and five places adrift of Klopp’s men in sixth place, having suffered two defeats from their last three top-flight contests.