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Mohamed Salah breaks remarkable 37-year record as Liverpool humiliate Sparta Prague



Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool teammates were in scintillating form as the Reds blew away Czech side Sparta Prague in the second-leg of their Europa League meeting.

Mohamed Salah has become the first Liverpool player to score 20+ goals in seven consecutive seasons in a row.

The Egyptian forward was in scintillating form as the Premier League giants tore apart Sparta Prague in the second-leg of their Europa League meeting. After Darwin Nunez and Bobby Clarke had scored in the opening eight minutes, Salah then got in on the action himself.

A glaring mistake from the visitors saw the forward gifted the ball just yards from goal and he finished with aplomb. The 31-year-old’s record for the season now sits at 20 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.

It is the seventh season in a row that Salah has scored at least 20 goals for the Reds. No other Liverpool player has ever managed that feat.

The previous record was held by former forward Ian Rush, who scored 20+ goals in six consecutive campaigns between the 1981-82 and 1986-87 campaigns. Salah’s latest heroics will be a much-needed boost for manager Jurgen Klopp.

Salah has been struggling with injury issues, while the Reds were 5-1 up on aggregate ahead of the return leg at Anfield. Speaking ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp said: “It’s possible it would have been possible for him to play longer in the last game [against City], but it was just the game, how it was.

“It’s important that we build up Mo, obviously super-important, but in this game changing at half-time was not necessary or possible [because] we have to deal with changes carefully. So, yeah, he is ready.

“He is top fit, everything is good now and we don’t have to deal with these kind of things anymore. I’m not sure if he is ready for 90 minutes and I’m not sure we should do 90 minutes, but he’s ready to start so that’s how it is.

“He would have been ready to start in the last game but then you don’t know for how long it makes sense and that’s always the problem when players come back. I can’t remember a game where I thought, ‘ Mo Salah cannot play, no problem.’

“It just never happened, so it’s not cool to not have him but there was a game last Sunday and there are 10 more Premier League games and hopefully a lot more cup and European games. They are all as important and Mo was completely fine with that.”

After Salah’s goal, Liverpool’s relentless assault on the Sparta Prague goal continued. Dutch forward Cody Gakpo added a fourth for Liverpool just a matter of minutes later to take the aggregate scoreline to 9-1.

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