When Salah scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s 5-1 triumph over Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night, he joined a select group of footballers.
The Reds came into the game fresh off a 3-2 win against Milan in their first group stage meeting, and they were looking to take control of a dangerous group that also included Atletico Madrid. Things were open for the first 10 minutes of the game, but Liverpool began to gain control, and it paid off when he scored in the 17th minute to put them ahead.
His chance came after Diogo Costa shoved Jones’ curling team out of the way, landing at the feet of the Egyptian, who finished well. Moh, on the other hand, had little trouble scoring his sixth goal of the season.
So far this season, the Egyptian has only failed to score once in eight games in all competitions, when Burnley shut him out. Salah has scored in each of his previous six appearances for Liverpool after that match, becoming the only player to do so since Salah himself scored in seven straight games in April 2018.
But the goal was far more ambitious. Moh has now scored 30 Champions League goals since his first appearance in the competition in 2013, a 2-1 away win for Basel over Chelsea in the group stage. Salah equalized in that game and would score against the Blues again in the rematch, performances that earned him a move to Chelsea.
His time at Stamford Bridge did not go as planned, and he had to wait until 2015 to score his second Champions League goal, for Roma, before returning to England with Liverpool. And, as they say, the rest is history.
The Egyptian has been a revelation for Liverpool both domestically and in the Champions League, scoring his 30th goal in the competition against Porto. Only two African players have ever reached that level in the competition before Salah, with Samuel Eto’o finishing 30th and Didier Drogba leading the way with 44.
He didn’t stop there; in the second half against Porto, he passed Eto’o and scored Liverpool’s third goal of the night.
Mohamed Salah is now the second highest African goalscorer in the #UCL
◉ Didier Drogba (44)
◉ Mohamed Salah (31)
◉ Samuel Eto’o (30)
History maker. pic.twitter.com/3RiY9FStRB
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 28, 2021
Mane got himself on the scoresheet before his third, striking from close range to complete off a fantastic move shortly before half-time, putting Jurgen Klopp’s side firmly in control of the game. It was the Senegalese forward’s 12th away goal in the Champions League, tying him with Salah for the most for Liverpool, while also extending his total to 20 – second only to Salah and Gerrard.
Salah was not the only Liverpool player to score twice on the night, as Firmino added a third after Mehdi Taremi had pulled a goal back for Porto. Jones, who finished the night with two assists and helped Liverpool control the midfield game, received a lot of praise as well.
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