Liverpool ahead Mohamed Salah has develop into the membership’s main goalscorer in Champions League historical past as they drew 1-1 with FC Midtjylland.
The Reds ace netted inside the first minute of their closing Group D conflict to assert his 22nd strike within the competitors whereas with the membership.
His effort noticed him overtake legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard’s tally, whereas it was additionally the quickest purpose they’ve ever scored within the competitors.
Salah was a stunning starter given supervisor Jurgen Klopp’s frustration with the present hectic fixture record, and the very fact they’ve already certified for the knockout levels
The Egyptian was one in every of just a few first-team regulars taking part in within the useless rubber, together with Fabinho, Naby Keita, and Divock Origi, however he made essentially the most of his probability.
It was additionally an enormous match for younger goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and midfielder Leighton Clarkson, who’s nicely considered by the Reds teaching employees, whereas Trent Alexander-Arnold was named captain for the evening.
Nevertheless it was Salah who received them off to the proper begin in Denmark.
Any hopes their opponents had of getting a shock win had been dashed in simply 55 seconds as a calamitous move from Alexander Scholz had Salah bearing down on purpose, after beating Erik Sviatchenko to the ball.
Dion Cools couldn’t cease the Egyptian both and he rolled dwelling previous Jesper Hansen to create historical past twice with one purpose.
Liverpool didn’t have all of it their very own approach in the remainder of the primary half with Midtjylland trying helpful down the appropriate, profitable a number of corners, however failing to take any of those possibilities.
One set-piece discovered Sviatchenko in acres of area however the ex-Celtic man was by no means in the appropriate place to take advantage of it and gently nodded the ball huge.
Origi confirmed simply how rusty he’s, bobbling an effort throughout the face of purpose when in actuality he may have taken the ball on within the penalty space earlier than capturing.
And Fabinho needed to be alert when he cleared Sory Kaba’s header off the road following extra good work on the appropriate.
Teen Billy Koumetio was introduced on for the Brazilian at half-time, turning into their youngest ever Champions League participant, aged 18 years and 25 days, and had a busy opening couple of minutes.
He handled a few threatening assaults, whereas one other shot from the Danes hit the crossbar as they regarded to rock Liverpool.
There was additionally extra harm woe for supervisor Klopp with left-back Kostas Tsimikas, a backup to Andrew Robertson, selecting up a calf subject earlier than being taken off.
To make issues worse, the Reds then conceded a penalty when VAR helped referee Francois Letexier affirm Kelleher introduced down Anders Dreyer within the field.
And Scholz, atoning for his earlier error, fired into the underside left nook.
Klopp despatched on the cavalry with Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino additionally taking to the sector as they tried to show tide, having watched the Danes dominate.
Midtjylland thought that they had received themselves a second after 75 minutes when, following a scramble, Scholz managed to fireside in from a decent angle however, after a prolonged VAR test, it was dominated out for offside.
Attempt as they could, the Reds struggled to get a foothold within the sport and had been restricted to tame counters by way of lengthy balls ahead.
One other Sviatchenko header introduced a terrific save from Kelleher however the ensuing Liverpool assault was halted by a poor Jota cross.
And simply when it regarded like Liverpool had claimed a final minute winner by means of Minamino, the purpose was dominated out thanks to a different irritating VAR intervention.
This time a prolonged test noticed handball cancel it out, regardless of it initially being chalked off, incorrectly, for offside.
Eight minutes of harm time had been tacked on to the eventful 90 minutes however neither facet had been capable of get the winner they had been trying to find.