Jurgen Klopp hailed Mo Salah’s mind-blowing Liverpool statistics, as said with hushed awe: “It’s one record after another!”
The striker added yet another record to his growing list of entries into the Anfield hall of fame, with a goal against Midtjylland that makes him the club’s greatest goalscorer in their Champions League history.
The strike took him to 23 – one ahead of Steven Gerrard – and also places him second behind the Anfield great on the list of the Reds’ all time European goalscorers.
It is a remarkable number in just three and a half seasons, and Klopp said: “It is one record after another, and I am pretty sure he is proud of that…he should be!
“He’s an exceptional player, just an absolutely exceptional player and since we have been together a lot of things really clicked. But he appreciates the help of the team too. Even his incredible number of goals wouldn’t be enough alone for us to be successful.
“But he is truly exceptional. Nobody doubted it, but if you need numbers to prove, he delivers that as well.”
Klopp risked Salah on a night when he was expected to rest all his top stars, with Liverpool already guaranteed to qualify as group winners, but the manager insisted the player was determined to appear. “He wants to play football.
“I was in contact with Mo, he had no issues and that is why we left him on the pitch, and there were no problems.”
If Klopp was happy with a display where 18 year old Billy Koumetio was given a senior debut and 19 year old Leighton Clarkson his first taste of the highest level, he was less happy with VAR, which controversially ruled out a late Liverpool winner.
Sadio Mane was adjudged to have handled when assisting Taki Minamino, but replays appeared to show clearly the ball had actually struck the arm of a Midtjylland defender, and Klopp said:
“I used to be one of the people who said VAR is a good idea, but I am not really sure if I would say that again.”