The Egypt international opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Wanda Metropolitano, rifling home a deflected finish off James Milner
Mohamed Salah has added a new record to his burgeoning collection of Liverpool honours after becoming the first player to score in nine consecutive matches in the club’s history.
The Egypt international opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Wanda Metropolitano in their 3-2 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, rifling home a deflected finish off James Milner. He went on to net again in the second half from the penalty spot.
His latest goals come as the striker continues to discover arguably the richest form of his career, with the forward a standout performer at Anfield across the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
What has been achieved?
Salah’s finishes – which take his tally to 12 across all competitions over the season so far – further a run that dates all the way back to late August, when he converted a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League.Since then, he has found the back of the net on each subsequent appearance, with finishes against Leeds, Milan, Crystal Palace, Brentford, Porto, Manchester City and Watford.
The only game Liverpool have played in the period where has not scored was their Carabao Cup clash with Norwich – and only because he was not in the squad.
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Liverpool set unwanted first
While Salah’s opener gave the visitors the best start they could hope for – coupled with a wonder strike from Naby Keita only a handful of minutes later – the Reds ultimately found themselves pegged back by the time the break arrived.
A double for Antoine Griezmann – a much-needed shot in the arm for the Barcelona loanee who has struggled with his return to his former club – meant parity was restored at half-time.
It also meant that Klopp’s side became the first Liverpool team to both score and concede two goals inside the first half of a Champions League game.
But Salah, as he so often does, secured all three points by sending Jan Oblak the wrong way with his 78th-minute penalty.