Diogo Jota may have announced his impending superstardom with his fabulous hat trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 Champions League group stage win against Atalanta, but it was another Reds’ talisman who set a new mark on the day.
Mohamed Salah finished a blistering counterattack with his side’s third goal on the night, and in doing so, tied club legend, Steven Gerrard’s of 21 career Champions League goals. The Egyptian winger achieved the mark in a blistering 36 games compared to Gerrard’s 73 games.
The goal-hungry striker expressed that he was “very proud” of the achievement with the former Liverpool captain heartily agreeing:
“I was very proud to see Mo Salah equal my goalscoring record for Liverpool in Europe, it was only a matter of time,” the now-Rangers manager said recently to The Herald.
“I honestly think he’ll go on and embarrass my record and I hope that he does. That kind of thing is always there for strikers.
“Mo Salah and [Rangers striker] Alfredo Morelos go about their business always being hungry for goals. My job for Liverpool was slightly different.
“There is nothing better than seeing someone going for a record and then smashing it to pieces.”
The former Liverpool captain managed a total of 41 European goals in his illustrious club career, spread across the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Cup and assorted European qualifiers, a mark Salah is well on pace to match.