Salah overtakes Gerrard as Liverpool's all-time top scorer in Champions League

Ahram Online , Reuters , Wednesday 9 Dec 2020

Mohamed Salah surpasses Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard with his early goal against Midtjylland

Mohamed Salah
Midtjylland's Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko (L) and Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match FC Midtjylland v Liverpool FC in Herning, Denmark on December 9, 2020 (AFP)

Mohamed Salah became Liverpool's all-time top scorer in the Champions League as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Denmark's Midtjylland on Wednesday having already secured top spot in Group D.

Salah put the Premier League champions ahead in the first minute, latching on to a poor backpass and bursting goalwards before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen.

The goal was Salah's 22nd in the Champions League making him the club's record scorer in the competition, ahead of former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, who scored 21. 

The Danes drew level in the 62nd minute through an Alexander Scholz penalty after Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher brought down Anders Dreyer. The linesman had initially flagged for offside but that decision was overturned by VAR.

Scholz had an effort ruled out for offside in the 77th minute while Liverpool's Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino also had the ball in the net but the goal was not awarded following a VAR review.

Juergen Klopp had fielded a weakened and youthful team in the game against the bottom club in the group.

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