Mohamed Salah beats Steven Gerrard Liverpool record in 34 less appearances

Mohamed Salah’s goal in the first minute against FC Midtjylland made him Liverpool’s top scorer in the Champions League.

Salah scored a somewhat fortuitous goal against the Reds’ Danish opponents as the ball went through the goalkeeper’s legs.

It was Salah’s 22nd Champions League goal for Liverpool, coming in just his 39th appearance in the competition for the Reds.

And it means he is now Liverpool’s top scorer in Europe’s elite competition, moving ahead of Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard bagged 21 goals in the competition, though it took the former midfielder 73 appearances to do so.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino could also overtake Gerrard soon as they are on 17 and 15 goals respectively.

Despite his remarkable record in front of goal, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists the Egyptian is more than a scorer.

“Mo has played an incredible season so far, and he developed again as a player from that pure goalscoring machine to a more connecting player, very important for us,” Klopp said earlier this season.

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“He is the hardest working, can go and go again, uses his speed but technique between the lines as well.

“As a team we have to develop, as players we have to develop. That’s normal because you have more experience, you have more games in your legs, that means you understand the game better and better and better and you get more aware of your own skills and use them more consciously.

“I’m really happy with his development and season so far. But of course we need him and all the boys in their best shape to achieve our targets.”

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