Mo Salah wrote his name in Liverpool legend…and his manager Jurgen Klopp insisted his incredible milestone will finally shut people up!
The Reds forward lived up to his name of the Egyptian King by rewriting the history books to become the fastest player to reach 50 goals in Anfield history, when he put two past Red Star Belgrade to inspire Champions’ League romp.
And he didn’t just break the record, he smashed it – getting to the magical mark in 65 matches, which, incredibly, is 12 quicker than the next best, recorded by Albert Stubbins, who took 77 games to reach the mark in the 1940s.
That leaves such legends as Ian Rush (87), Robbie Fowler (94), Kenny Dalglish (99), Luis Surez (91), Fernando Torres (84) and Roger Hunt (79) in his wake, and Klopp said it could come as a relief for the player.
“First of all, I think he would say thanks to his team-mates because it’s quite difficult to score goals without these wonderful passes, crosses, whatever,” Klopp said.
“Like tonight, I have to watch it back but I think the first goal he scored was just genius little link-up play of Shaq, I don’t know how he did that.
“But it’s good that we can maybe stop talking about him (Salah). That will help a little bit.
“I was not in doubt. He was not in doubt. But if you are constantly asked about it then you think something is obviously wrong or people are not happy.
“You shouldn’t be constantly be thinking about how you can score again. It only happens if you work hard, you are in the right spaces, if your team-mates see you in the right moments and if you make the right runs, then you can score.
“It’s an exceptional number and hopefully he can continue. What’s the next record he can reach?!”
Salah’s two goals, one from the spot, were joined from a goal each by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane – the first time the fearsome threesome have all been on the scoresheet in the same game this season.
It puts Liverpool top of their Champions’ League group, but there were still questions asked, because the Egypt international didn’t seem to enjoy his goals too much, offering what seemed a muted celebration.
Klopp though, insisted all is good with Salah…and with his brilliant front three. “Mo is completely fine. If he’s not celebrating, maybe he’s a bit annoyed about getting asked about it.
“I saw him celebrating but I couldn’t see his face from that distance. I know he is fine. I saw his face when I took him off. That was different!
“The front three? It’s always good. Internally we have never discussed this. These numbers are not really a surprise for me, not the Mo number, more than Bobby didn’t score in seven and Sadio as well.
“It’s hopefully not the last time (all three have scored in the same game)! It was just a good game, a good football game and they could finish the situations because we had the right movements in the right moment.
“In the first two goals we had the counter-pressing situations, which is brilliant and very important. When you see how the big the impact of the boys coming on, that’s really important as well.”