The outstanding Anfield record that puts Mohamed Salah behind only Steven Gerrard

5 November 2019

Liverpool host Genk tonight in the Champions League, in a game that could see Mohamed Salah reach a goal tally only surpassed by Steven Gerrard.


Twenty’s Plenty for Salah

Salah has scored 12 Champions League goals at Anfield—only Gerrard with 18 has more. Salah’s haul has come in just 13 appearances.

He could become (after Gerrard, again) only the second Reds player to net 20 goals in the European Cup. He has 19, Gerrard 30.

Salah has scored seven goals in six Anfield appearances this season.

 

Anfield’s European Record

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 2, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with captain Jordan Henderson after the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have lost one of the last 28 at home in Europe and are unbeaten in the last 23 at Anfield.

Of the 23 they have won 17 with six draws, failing to score only twice.

Liverpool’s last home reversal was the 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in October 2014.

They have kept 12 clean sheets in their last 18 Anfield European fixtures and in that time have not conceded a solitary goal in a game—shipping three goals in two matches and two each in the other four.

 

Four-Goal Reds?

GENK, BELGIUM - Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the KRC Genk Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have scored four goals in their last two home European ties.

Not since 1991/92 have they done so for a third successive Anfield match when they put six past Kuusysi Lahti in the UEFA Cup having netted four against both Panathinaikos and Austria Vienna in the 1984/85 European Cup.

In Europe’s major competition they last achieved the feat during the 1980/81 European Cup campaign, hitting Oulu Palloseura for 10 followed by four against Aberdeen and five in the clash with CSKA Sofia.

They last scored four or more in three successive European fixtures (home and away) in 2007/08 when beating Besiktas 8-0 (home), Porto 4-1 (home) and Marseille 4-0 (away).

 

Genk’s Struggles

GENK, BELGIUM - Wednesday, October 23, 2019: KRC Genk's head coach Felice Mazzu during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the KRC Genk Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On the road during this campaign Genk have won two of their eight matches, while home and away they have won two of the last seven.

In the Belgian league they have amassed 20 points from their 13 games, 13 fewer than at the same stage of last season.

They are in eighth place, 13 points behind leaders Bruges.

 

Tonight’s Referee

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, August 17, 2017: Referee Ivan Kružliak during the UEFA Europa League Play-Off 1st Leg match between Everton and HNK Hajduk Split at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The referee for this game is Ivan Kruzliak of Slovakia.

He has taken charge of Liverpool twice previously, the Reds winning both: 1-0 at Gomel in 2012 (Europa League) and 3-0 at home to Maribor in 2017/18 Champions League group stage.

 

This Season’s Scorers

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PA Photo. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Liverpool: Mane 10, Salah 8, Firmino 3, Milner 3, Origi 3, Oxlade-Chamberlain 3, own goals 3, Matip 2, Robertson 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Henderson 1, Hoever 1, Lallana 1, Van Dijk 1, Wijnaldum 1

Genk: Samatta 7, Onuachu 5, Dewaest 3, Berge 2, Heynen 2, Odey 2, Hagi 1, Lucumi 1, Nygren 1, Paintsil 1, Vanzeir 1, own goals 1

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