Liverpool legend Ian Rush will not be surprised if free-scoring Mohamed Salah breaks his long-standing record of 47 goals in a season across all competitions.
Rush netted 47 times in 65 appearances during the 1983/84 campaign, as the Reds won the treble with the European Cup, First Division and League Cup titles.
Salah has registered 36 goals so far this term and is 11 shy of breaking a record that has stood for over three decades.
Rush told Sky Sports: “The 47 goals is difficult and I thought that might stay but the way Salah is playing now anything can happen. I think it is realistic.
“It is fantastic and he couldn’t have done any more. I watched him against Watford [when Salah scored four] and it is the best I’ve seen him play.
“For someone to score 47 goals would be an amazing feat and he is capable of doing it if we can get a good run in the Champions League – when I scored 47 goals we won the European Cup so it does need that little bit longer.
“We won three trophies that season and that’s what we’ve got to start doing now.”
The 25-year-old forward, who is on national duty with Egypt, continued his scoring spree with the opener in the 2-1 loss to Portugal, where he was upstaged by a late brace from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rush admitted Salah needs to continue scoring goals and maintain his form for Jurgen Klopp’s side to challenge for trophies beyond this season.
“It’s great having individual trophies, but in my [47-goal] season we won three trophies. I’m more pleased that we won three trophies than I did scoring 47 goals,” the Welshman added.
“You keep looking to improve yourself every time. 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.
“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 make-up, then you’re not going to do that.”