Mohamed Salah enjoyed a moment to savour during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at FC Midtjylland, scoring the opening goal to become Liverpool’s all-time record goalscorer in the Champions League.
It was another landmark for a player who has shattered goalscoring records since moving to Merseyside three-and-a-half years ago, his strike against the Danish side his 22nd in the Champions League for the Reds.
Salah’s goal came after just 55 seconds and was also the fastest goal ever scored by Liverpool in the competition, and following his milestone moment we’ve decided to look at the club’s greatest Champions League goalscorers.
Here are Liverpool’s five highest scorers in the Champions League:
Luis Garcia – 10 goals
Luis Garcia became one of Rafael Benitez’s first signings upon his appointment at Liverpool in 2004, having previously impressed under the management of his compatriot during a loan spell at Tenerife.
Garcia enjoyed a memorable debut season on Merseyside and scored 13 goals in all competitions, including playing a key part in the Reds’ run to Champions League success.
The diminutive Spaniard played a prominent role in the knockout stages for Benitez’s side, scoring home and away against Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 before a stunning dipping effort against Juventus in the last eight.
Garcia’s iconic moment came in a pulsating semi-final second leg clash against Chelsea at Anfield, scoring the decisive goal with a ‘ghost effort’ that the visitors claimed did not cross the line – a strike which sealed Liverpool’s place in a European Cup final for the first time in two decades.
The forward started the final victory over AC Milan in Istanbul to claim a winners’ medal and formed part of the squad which reached another final under Benitez two years later, scoring 10 goals in 32 Champions League appearances for the club before departing for Atletico Madrid.
Roberto Firmino – 15 goals
The first of three current stars to feature in this list, Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s fourth-highest scoring player in the Champions League era.
Firmino’s finest individual campaign came during the club’s run to the 2018 final in Kyiv, emerging as one of the star’s of the tournament as he scored 10 goals and provided seven assists in just 13 appearances.
Liverpool’s free-scoring side were beaten in the final against Real Madrid, though bounced back to make successive finals and were crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in 2019.
Firmino was once again influential to their fortunes and scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner against Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage, before netting in both legs of an impressive last 16 victory over Porto.
The Brazilian has often starred for the Reds on the European stage and has provided 27 goal involvements in just 29 starts in the Champions League.
Sadio Mane – 17 goals
Sadio Mane ranks third amongst Liverpool’s all-time leading scorers in the Champions League and enjoyed a prolific start to his career in Europe’s elite, with only Erling Haaland having ever scored more than his nine goals in their first 10 appearances in the competition.
Mane scored 10 times – including a hat-trick at Porto – as Liverpool reached the final in the 2017/18 season, forming a scintillating attacking trio alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as the Reds became the first team in history to have three players reach 10 goals in a single campaign.
The Senegalese star netted the consolation in the final defeat to Real Madrid in Ukraine, before starring as Liverpool won the Champions League under Jurgen Klopp the following season.
Mane produced a superb individual display as the Reds won 3-1 at Bayern Munich in the last 16, before netting against Porto once more in the last eight.
His current record stands at 17 goals in 37 Champions League appearances for Liverpool, the 28-year-old amongst the most exciting forward talents in world football at present.
Steven Gerrard – 21 goals
Steven Gerrard had previously said he wanted Mohamed Salah to ’embarrass’ his Champions League record, with the Egyptian international’s goal against Midtjylland moving him past a player many regard as the greatest to have adorned the red shirt.
Gerrard was the boyhood Red who became the on-field embodiment of the terraces during an unforgettable career at Liverpool, the hopes of many a side often pinned on his shoulders.
Much of the midfielder’s legend was built on the European stage and never more so than in the club’s triumphant 2004/05 campaign, Gerrard’s sensational late strike against Olympiakos ensuring progress from the group stage in dramatic fashion before a run to the final.
🗓 #OnThisDay in 2004, Steven Gerrard did this against Olympiakos 🤯
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Gerrard scored and starred as Liverpool came from three goals down to beat AC Milan in arguably the greatest final of all time, hoisting aloft the clubs fifth European Cup as captain following a drama-filled night in Turkey.
A brilliant two-goal destruction of Real Madrid in 2009 also ranks highly amongst his best European nights, Gerrard finishing his career having scored 21 Champions League goals.
Mohamed Salah – 22 goals
The man of the moment and now Liverpool’s leading scorer in the Champions League, Salah’s strike against Midtjylland saw him eclipse Gerrard’s landmark and etch his name further in the Reds’ recent history.
Salah has scored at a phenomenal rate since moving to Merseyside from Roma in 2017, scoring a staggering 44 goals in all competitions to be named as the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year in his debut campaign.
That haul included 11 goals as Liverpool reached the Champions League final, only to see his hopes of success ended by a shoulder injury in the first half against Real Madrid.
Salah shone once more as the Reds went one better the following season to be crowned as champions, however, scoring the decisive goal against Napoli that booked Liverpool’s place in the knockout stages before opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the final against Tottenham.
Salah’s record now stands at 22 goals in 36 starts in the Champions League for Liverpool, whilst his 25 career goals makes him the third-highest scoring African player in the competition’s history behind only Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o.