Mohamed Salah overtook Steven Gerard as Liverpool’s record goalscorer in Champions League after scoring the opening goal in their game against Midtjylland. The Egyptian took just 55 seconds to score his 22nd goal in the competition on a night where Liverpool fielded their youngest ever team in Champions League, with average age of 24 years and 26 days.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Salah for his achievement and said “Exceptional player, absolutely exceptional player. Since we have worked together obviously a lot of things have clicked really for all of us. He helps the team massively and he knows and appreciates the help of the team as well. If we only had Mo, even the incredible number of goals he got would not have been enough to be as successful as we were, so thank God others scored a lot of goals as well. That made this team pretty successful but Mo is a very exceptional player – I think nobody doubted it, but if you need numbers to prove it then he delivers that as well.”
On fielding the youngest ever Champions League team for Liverpool Klopp said “It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing to have your first Champions League game but a career is all about how many you will have or how many games overall you will play. They are already really skilled but they have a lot to learn and we will give them the time to do so. Again, tonight they helped us a lot because we could rest other players, which was very important and there was actually no alternative.“