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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah closes in on European record to rank among the greats

Pete Lynch October 21, 2020
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah closes in on European record to rank among the greats
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah needs just one more European goal to climb above Ian Rush in the club’s all-time leading European goalscorers list.

The Egyptian has netted 20 goals for the Reds in Europe so far, level with the legendary Rush.

Iconic ex-captain Steven Gerrard tops the list with 41, with former striker Michael Owen second with 22.

The 28-year-old will undoubtedly be eyeing a place in the top three, with Wednesday evening’s meeting with Ajax providing the winger with an opportunity to do just that.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Amsterdam for their opening game of the new Champions League campaign, their first match in the competition since being knocked out by Atletico Madrid in last season’s round of 16.

Mohamed Salah already among Liverpool greats

Despite only joining the Anfield outfit just three years ago, Salah already finds himself among the club’s legendary figures in terms of goals scored.

It took the winger just 35 appearances to reach his 20 goals in the competition, with Owen’s tally of 22 very much within his grasp this season. 

The Egyptian also netted his 100th goal for the club in the recent Merseyside derby, reaching the total in his 159th game.

Records galore for club and player

Mohamed Salah is not the only Red closing in on a European record, with his fellow forward Roberto Firmino needing just one more game to reach 50 matches in the competition for the club.

The Brazilian has featured in 49 of Klopp’s 50 European games in charge.

And the club themselves are also aiming to clinch several records, having scored 249 goals in the Champions League era. One goal against Ajax will secure the 250-goal milestone, in what is their first match against Dutch opposition in ten years.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their previous 13 fixtures against clubs from the Netherlands, and they will be keen to continue that trend on Wednesday evening.

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Freelance sports journalist from Derry/Londonderry with experience at Sky Sports News and the International University Sports Federation. Huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan.