Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah will be aiming to equal a feat first achieved by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink when the Reds meet Manchester City in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
The 30-year-old was dropped to the bench for the Reds’ Champions League showdown with Rangers in midweek but made history with a six-minute hat-trick in that 7-1 win.
Salah scored the quickest-ever treble in the Champions League to take his tally to seven goals and four assists in 13 games this season, but he only has two Premier League strikes to his name.
The Egypt international is expected to force his way back into the starting XI for the visit of the reigning Premier League champions, and he is partial to a goal in this particular fixture.
Salah has managed to score in each of his last three home Premier League games against Man City, and he has only failed to net in one of his five top-flight meetings with the Citizens at Anfield in total.
Should the ex-Chelsea and Roma man get on target this weekend, he will become only the second player in history to score in four consecutive home appearances against Man City in the Premier League.
Hasselbaink – another former Blue – is the sole player to have done so, scoring in four successive home matches against the Manchester giants between December 2000 and December 2004.
The Dutchman’s efforts helped Chelsea to three consecutive wins over City at Stamford Bridge before he netted the last goal in that sequence for Middlesbrough in a 3-2 win in the 2004-05 season.
As well as Salah’s personal achievement, Liverpool could also make history by becoming the first-ever team to score two goals in five successive games versus a Pep Guardiola side.
Since losing 4-1 at Anfield in February 2021, Liverpool have struck at least twice in their meetings with Man City, including a pair of 2-2 draws in the Premier League last season.
The Reds then prevailed 3-2 in the semi-finals of the FA Cup before a 3-1 Community Shield win back in July, but Klopp has conceded that his side are not in the title conversation with Guardiola’s men this time around.
When asked in his pre-game press conference if Sunday’s game could impact the Premier League title race, Klopp responded: “Could be this year, just not for us.
“When you play City, results left and right are not really important. This game requires all you know about football, it’s the biggest challenge you could face in football.
“It’s a home game, it’s Anfield, they [Man City] are definitely the best team in the world at the moment, but we will give it a try, knowing there are no guarantees, but we will get help from a full Anfield and we will try to use that.”
Liverpool sit eight places and 13 points worse off than Man City in the Premier League table, currently languishing in 10th with a game in hand on the champions, who remain one point behind Arsenal in second place.