Mohamed Salah draws level with Steven Gerrard’s all-time Champions League goal record at Liverpool in just his FOURTH season at the club after netting his 21st strike in Atalanta rout
- Mohamed Salah edged close to creating history with his goal at Atalanta
- The forward scored Liverpool’s third on the night as they ran out 5-0 winners
- Salah’s goal saw him draw level with Steven Gerrard’s Champions League record
- He’s now tied with Gerrard on 21 goals as Liverpool’s top scorer in competition
Diogo Jota will take the plaudits but Mohamed Salah quietly tumbled another one of Liverpool‘s goal records in the 5-0 win at Atalanta as he drew level with Steven Gerrard to become the club’s joint top scorer in the Champions League.
Salah netted a stunning breakaway goal two minutes into the second half as Liverpool put the Serie A side to the sword on Tuesday evening.
It was the Egyptian forward’s 21st strike in the Champions League for Liverpool – the same benchmark that had been set by Gerrard as the club’s all-time top scorer in the competition.
Mohamed Salah is now Liverpool’s joint top scorer of all time in the Champions League
Steven Gerrard had held the record for his 21 strikes but Salah drew level with him on Tuesday
Salah is only in his fourth season at the club but looks set to create a bit of history by overtaking Gerrard in this campaign. Reds legend Gerrard spent 17 years at Anfield.
The 28-year-old also had a hand in Liverpool’s fourth goal, teeing up Sadio Mane to score, before Jota completed a sensational hat-trick in Italy. Salah will have an opportunity to break the record against Atalanta at Anfield in three weeks’ time.
Tuesday’s 5-0 victory saw Liverpool extend their lead at the top of Group D to five points as they continued their perfect start to the European campaign.
It also meant Jurgen Klopp’s men broke the record for the biggest ever win by an English club away to Italian opposition in European competition history.
Salah kept his composure to sweep in past the keeper and score Liverpool’s third at Atalanta
Diogo Jota won all the plaudits after his sensational hat-trick led Liverpool to a 5-0 victory
Despite Salah edging closer to a significant milestone, it was the in-form Jota who stole the show against Atalanta and he received huge praise afterwards, with Rio Ferdinand claiming he could take Roberto Firmino’s place in Liverpool’s starting line-up.
Speaking in the BT Sport studio following the match, Ferdinand said: ‘I’m sure Firmino will be sitting there compiling a little playback list to remind him [Jurgen Klopp] of what he’s capable of because Firmino, like it or not, will want to start and this guy has put him under huge pressure.’
Ferdinand added: ‘[It was] a perfect night, Klopp couldn’t have asked for more,.
‘Clean sheet, new partnership at centre back, the forwards – the recruitment team have done fantastically well.’
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