Salah was given his fifth start of the season on Wednesday night, with his place in the starting lineup seeing the Egyptian hit a century of Anfield outings.
Since joining Liverpool in 2017, Salah has played in 100 home games, with the 29-year-old finding the back of the net against AC Milan for the 72nd time in that run.
A serial record-breaker, the No. 11 finds himself on an esteemed list of Liverpool players with the most goals scored in their first 100 Anfield appearances.
Most goals in first 100 apps at Anfield for #LFC in all competitions:
— Michael Reid (@michael_reid11) September 15, 2021
Only six players struck more often during that time, with Salah (72) a goal short of Ian Rush (73) – a tally he would have equalled had he converted his first-half penalty.
Roger Hunt (85) tops the list, followed by Robbie Fowler (84), Gordon Hodgson (80), Jack Parkinson (76) and Sam Raybould (75).
Unsurprisingly, those six are all among the club’s all-time top goalscorers, with Salah’s strike against Milan – his 129th for the club in all venues – lifting him clear of Parkinson in 11th.
He is only one short of Raybould’s tally of 130 goals, with two more for Liverpool seeing him break into the top 10.
Salah’s second-half finish was his 14th European goal for Liverpool at Anfield, drawing level with Rush and behind only Steven Gerrard (24) in the club’s continental history.
With all 14 of those goals coming in the Champions League, though, Salah is now tied with Gerrard as the club’s all-time top scorer at Anfield in the top tier of Europe.
?? Mo Salah's strike saw him level with Ian Rush for European goals at Anfield (14).
Only Steven Gerrard has scored more (24).
That was also Mo's 72nd goal in 100 Anfield appearances! ? pic.twitter.com/bO7ONF0mXZ
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) September 15, 2021
No Liverpool player has scored more home goals than Salah across the Champions League and its predecessor, the European Cup, while he is already the Reds’ overall leading goalscorer in the Champions League proper.
However, by missing his penalty – after Andy Robertson‘s effort on goal was adjudged to have been handled by Ismael Bennacer – Salah failed to equal another club record.
Salah’s run ended at 17, having last missed from the spot in the 3-0 win over Huddersfield in 2017.
Liverpool FC has welcomed SC Johnson, a family company at work for a better world, as a global and purpose-led partner.
The multi-year ‘Goals for Change’ partnership will see the Reds and SC Johnson team up to deliver a collective vision for a healthier world with local and global initiatives focused on three specific areas: sustainability, health and opportunity.
Utilising their access to the men’s and women’s teams, ‘Goals for Change’ will help fans understand what they can do to help create a more sustainable future, aligning closely with the club’s own sustainability initiative, The Red Way, which launched in January this year.
Matt Scammell, commercial director at LFC, said: “We launched our sustainability programme The Red Way earlier this year and made a commitment to make a positive difference to our people, our communities and our planet. SC Johnson has made important step changes within their industry which have delivered incredible results through several sustainability initiatives.
“I feel very optimistic about the work we can do together through this partnership, both raising awareness and looking after the safety of our supporters and ultimately using our voices for good to help the next generation of Reds all around the world.”
At launch there will be two key elements, around sustainability and health.
Upcycling at Anfield
SC Johnson will work with LFC on a comprehensive and industry-leading plastics upcycling programme within Anfield and LFC’s club facilities to upcycle single-use plastic products into select SC Johnson consumer products, which will eventually be retailed within the UK.
On matchdays there will be branded recycling bins located on each concourse encouraging fans to drop their plastic waste into. Across the season, the closed-loop recycling model aims to turn more than 500,000 plastic bottles into new Mr Muscle® packaging.
“Plastic waste is a threat to our planet for this and future generations,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “At SC Johnson, we believe we all have a responsibility to solve this critical environmental issue. Our partnership with Liverpool FC is one of the many steps SC Johnson is taking to move forward our vision for a waste-free world as it creates another local solution to this global problem by leveraging football to help close the plastic-recycling loop.”
Keeping Anfield clean
LFC is committed to maintaining the highest hygiene standards for both supporters and staff, while also considering the environmental impact. As official cleaning and disinfectant partner, SC Johnson is helping with the safe return of supporters this season with their innovative professional cleaning products now a staple across LFC’s stadiums and the AXA Training Centre.
Working together, LFC and SC Johnson will reinforce good hygiene as an essential part of supporters’ new matchday routine. Additional sanitiser and soap dispensers have been placed around the stadium, including turnstiles – making it easy and accessible for fans to wash or sanitise their hands regularly.
To follow, SC Johnson will also get involved with the club’s local community activation and charitable initiatives run by Liverpool FC Foundation, including the international philanthropic programme Right to Play, which delivers educational messages to empower young people and communities to rise above adversity, giving them the skills to learn, lead and succeed.
The brand will also benefit from matchday visibility and branded content.
More information on The Red Way is available here.
What would a European night be without a flair for the dramatics? Liverpool didn’t make it easy on themselves but they got the job done in the end against AC Milan.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the scoreline could read in excess of 4-0 if the first 40 minutes were anything to go by, but Liverpool‘s inability to finish off chances left the door ajar.
DAVID: It’s got to be Fabinho. He was the man of the match against Leeds too, but he went up another level here. I genuinely think it ranks as one of his finest performances in a Liverpool shirt. It left me in awe.
It was everything you could ask from a No. 6 – sustaining our attacks, breaking up play, progressing the ball. I don’t think any player harnessed the atmosphere quite as well as he did.
This is what we were missing in midfield for much of last season.
JOANNA: It’s hard to argue against Fab, he’s just always in the right place at the right time and I always loved him matching the overly aggressive nature of the ref.
But in saying that, I did really enjoy Salah’s performance. He may have proven he is in fact human with that penalty miss, but he was brilliant and coupled his forward adventures with defensive cover as Trent made runs forward.
He looks hungrier than ever but what sealed it for me was his reaction on the halfway line when his goal was given the green light, turning to the Sir Kenny Dalglish stand with unadulterated emotion – no one can say he does not love this club.Those 3 minutes…
DAVID: I can’t really point to specific errors that Joe Gomez or Joel Matip made, to be honest. I think the bigger problem was the lack of organisation in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, who should, realistically, be starting every game in the Premier League and Champions League. It was all a bit frantic.
JOANNA: Frantic is definitely the word, David. They seemed to have taken their dominance too far and just mentally switched off.
Milan had had zero space and then all of a sudden had acres of it but while it certainly made Anfield quiet, there was no doomsday feeling that you get when you scroll through social media.
DAVID: For the first goal, I look at Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Keita should have cut off the pass into Saelemaekers – if you watch it back you can see him spotting the danger all too late – and Trent could have done more to get back and challenge Rebic.
Then for the second, it was clear that they had their tails up and we were rattled. They simply cut through us.
JOANNA: Adding to that, the first also saw Joe Gomez track the run of Rebic to leave the hole in the middle but the error then was the defensive line not stepping up to play him offside.
They were little moments that all added up to losing our heads momentarily. Up to that point and thereafter Liverpool were swatting them away with ease and it really did feel like a blip.
A healthy early lesson that can be taken alongside a victory, Klopp will take that.And Klopp’s rotation…
DAVID: As I say, I think Klopp will look at that spell at the end of the first half and decide it was probably too risky to rest Van Dijk.
For the most part, Matip and Gomez actually played well, but Virg’s presence is just so valuable.
JOANNA: You can definitely see the reason behind Van Dijk’s absence, there’s just, unfortunately, no way he should be playing non-stop for both club and country.
And I totally see your point David, but I don’t feel as though it was necessarily Van Dijk’s presence that was lacking as opposed to the entire team just sleepwalking at the backend of the first.
DAVID: The other big surprise, of course, was Divock Origi starting. Had Roberto Firmino been fit, that would have been the change, but it’s fair to say Origi took his opportunity by putting in a much-improved performance.
The assist was sublime but I think above all else, it was his application that the fans appreciated. There were times last season when he seemed to let games pass him by, but there was much more vigour about him here.
JOANNA: I think we also saw what could be a January solution up top when Mane and Salah are to be absent, with Ox and Jones both getting minutes up top.
The latter had more of an impact and showed promise on his first appearance of the season, obviously doesn’t have the pace but has the eye for a pass and game intelligence.
It’s not the ideal solution by any means, but Minamino and Origi, if he stays at Anfield, will be in and amongst it alongside Firmino and Jota.
As much as you need consistency in the side, we always need players who are ready to slot into the team and hit the ground running and the only way to do that is to give them minutes.
Rhythm is a keyword for Klopp and rotation is the only way he can ensure his fringe players can make an impact.
DAVID: On that point, I hope now that we go full-strength against Crystal Palace in the knowledge that we can make wholesale changes for the cup tie against Norwich and give many of the starters a break.
AC Milan captain Davide Calabria and manager Stefano Pioli both accepted that they were not ready for Liverpool‘s fast start, taking it as a lesson for the future.
After a year-and-a-half away, the fans were back at Anfield for a big Champions League night on Wednesday, and were in full voice.
A breathtaking You’ll Never Walk Alone made way for a rendition of Allez, Allez, Allez to drown out the Champions League theme, which set the tone for the night.
Roaring the Reds on from kickoff, the Kop was rewarded with a relentless display of attacking football that put Milan on the back foot for most of the first half.
Somehow, they recovered and went into half-time 2-1 up, but Liverpool regained their control after the break and emerged rightful winners.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the game, as relayed by Football Italia, Calabria – who wore the captain’s armband in the absence of Alessio Romagnoli – admitted Milan were caught off-guard.
“Liverpool started really strong. You can see they are accustomed to a different tempo and are one of the best teams in the world, with formidable players in every area,” he said.
“It was a difficult match and almost like several games in one.
“We didn’t feel afraid, we were just struggling to get a grip on the situation.
“We did and turned the game around, but made mistakes and should’ve been more concentrated to avoid conceding those two goals.”
“Liverpool had superior quality and intensity in the first 20 to 25 minutes,” the manager said.
“The regret is the two goals conceded at the beginning of the second half, but this is the level.
“In terms of intensity and quality, a game like this will make us grow a lot.
“The team was motivated and, in truth, we expected a strong start from the opponents. [We were] too static.
“Then the environment, the match, the quality and intensity of the opponents put us in difficulty.”
Interestingly, Pioli also argued that the absence of a tall centre-forward, with Olivier Giroud only fit enough for a bench role and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out due to injury, forced Milan to change their game plan.
This would suggest that the return fixture at the San Siro on December 7 could be a different proposition, with Milan having learned from their mistakes at Anfield.
They made it tougher than they should have, but the Reds have kicked off their European campaign with a priceless victory on home soil.
Here are five things fans have spotted from a brilliant night under the lights.Van Dijk meets Maldini
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) September 15, 2021
Here’s one of the greatest defenders in the history of football…
…and Paolo Maldini.
It writes itself really, doesn’t it?Klopp and Thiago go Dirty Dancing
Henderson’s stunning volley could prove to be a significant moment in the course of the season, turning a 2-2 draw into an emphatic victory.
Jurgen Klopp lifting Thiago into the air though ? pic.twitter.com/2USi75G4Ss
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) September 15, 2021
What a moment for Liverpool.Salah’s 3am swim
We’ve all been there. After big win on a Champions League night, still trying to wind down hours later ahead of an early start for work.
Most of us wouldn’t pop to the indoor pool for a swim at 3am, mind, but that’s exactly what Salah did:
Thankfully, Liverpool will be given a late start at Kirkby on Thursday, it being a recovery day for Klopp’s starters and all.Elliott watches on
You’ve got to feel for Harvey Elliott.
His attitude since suffering a horror ankle injury at Leeds has been top class, though, and he was cheering on his team-mates from home on Wednesday night:
Harvey Elliott watching on from home ? pic.twitter.com/YT2gJ5Q2o3
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) September 15, 2021
It seems a safe bet that he’ll be back for the final!Milner the sh*thouse
For exactly what he did against Milan: cynical fouls, a lot of shouting and running the ball into the far corner.
MOTM: James Milner’s shithouse cameo
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) September 15, 2021
Milner comes on to shut up shop with 5 minutes to go, easiest bet of my life. pic.twitter.com/4sbVk4u1I3
— Sean Haddock (@Sean_Haddock95) September 15, 2021
James Milner holding the ball up in the corner pic.twitter.com/cQosXv5N9Y
— dan (@aTribeCalledDan) September 15, 2021
And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s a lively topic brought into sharp focus by a quiet end to the transfer window and the subsequent loss of Harvey Elliott for most of the season with a serious ankle injury.
Klopp has a star-studded starting XI capable of beating anyone but does he really have enough in reserve to be able to handle the challenges ahead? Will Liverpool pay the price for not splashing the cash this summer?
A thrilling victory over AC Milan in their Champions League opener at Anfield added weight to the manager’s bullish claims that he’s got what he needs. Tougher tests lie ahead but this was a productive night for some of those on the fringes.
Klopp gambled by giving Virgil van Dijk the night off and consigning Sadio Mane and Thiago to bench duty. In their absence, others stepped up and delivered. Not least Divock Origi, who gave another kiss of life to an Anfield career which had long since looked beyond rescuing.
Having not even made the bench for the previous three games, the Belgian striker was brought in from the cold and tasked with leading the line. It was his first start in all competitions since January.
Maldini made 135 appearances in the European Cup over a 20-year period, including eight finals, but the Milan teams he represented with distinction never played at this madhouse. Anfield is one of those places where, as a defender, you have to maintain your focus and keep your head while all about you are losing theirs. To a grand old age, Maldini excelled at that.
In those days, stretching from the late 1980s to the late 2000s, Milan were the great aristocrats of the European football scene — “a point of reference,” as Maldini put it before this game. It was unthinkable that they might endure a seven-year exile from this competition or that, when they finally returned to the Champions League stage, it would be as outsiders.
Even Maldini, who is now their technical director, might not have been too surprised that Milan’s first Champions League game since March 2014 ended in defeat. But the fascinating thing was the nature of that defeat. At times early on, Milan’s youngsters looked overwhelmed, totally out of their depth against a truly rampant Liverpool side. But against the run of the play they scored twice to lead 2-1 at half-time, only for Liverpool to claim a 3-2 win thanks to Jordan Henderson’s crisp first-time shot in the 69th minute.
Here are four key things from the manager’s post-match press conference on Wednesday.“We saw it coming”
Then, goals from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz turned the game on its head, with Milan clawing back and forcing the Reds into another memorable comeback.
“We saw it coming, actually; we saw the last five minutes coming in the last 15,” Klopp explained.
The manager suggested the noise inside Anfield stopped him from getting the message across to his players – but thankfully, there was enough quiet in the dressing room to turn the tide.Honest on Origi’s future
Divock Origi‘s involvement – his first appearance of the season – came as a surprise to almost everyone, and the Belgian produced a reasonable display up front.
Klopp was honest in his assessment of Origi’s situation, saying: “I thought he would maybe leave in the summer.”
“But the football world is a crazy place and people obviously forgot how good he is,” the manager added, though it is clearly easy to forget a player whose only goal in the last 14 months came against Lincoln City…Expect more rotation
The message from Klopp? Expect it to happen more often.
“We have to be sensible in these moments,” he said.
“We have these three boys here in the last line who all came back from long-term injuries. We have to manage that, we can’t do it differently.”It’s going to be a tough group
“AC Milan came from Pot 4 in this group – very funny!”
Though Liverpool really should have taken their chances in the first half, that Milan were technically the lowest-rated side in Group B and ran the Reds so close is an indication that this group stage will be tough.
A trip to Porto comes next before back-to-back clashes with Atletico Madrid; no Ludogorets or Maribor this time around.
But a 0-0 draw between Atletico and Porto in their opener does put Liverpool in a strong position already…
The hosts looked like they would cruise to victory when they were awarded a 14th-minute penalty which would have added to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s shot which deflected in off Fikayo Tomori.
But Mohamed Salah missed from the spot for the first time in 18 attempts, dating back to Huddersfield in October 2017, and Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz scored within two minutes of each other just before half-time.
Another comeback – although not as significant or as difficult as their 2005 Champions League final achievement from 3-0 down – against the Serie A side was required and Salah provided the momentum with his 72nd goal in his 100th Anfield appearance and Jordan Henderson’s first goal in the competition for seven years clinched victory.
Asked if the game was everything he had hoped for, with a full crowd back in to see a European fixture for the first time since March 2020, Klopp said: “Nearly 100 percent because it was a brilliant game.
“Very exciting and very entertaining with 10-15 minutes where we lost a little bit of the plot or whatever and were not compact any more.
“We got carried away with our own football and complicated matters. They scored two goals and then we played again good football and scored two wonderful goals.”
This was the first time outside of the two finals in 2005 and 2007 that the clubs had met.
While Rafael Benitez had to make significant changes in the dressing room of Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium over 16 years ago, Klopp was satisfied with the way the game was going as he walked down the tunnel at the break.
“I wasn’t angry at all. I cannot celebrate 30 minutes and then for 15 minutes be angry or whatever,” he added.
“We saw the last five minutes [of the first half] coming so we tried to get the message across but we couldn’t because of the outstanding atmosphere in the stadium.
“We lost the ball in the wrong moment. We started getting a bit complicated. If we are not organised then they just pass the ball through the gap.
“I was waiting for half-time and we could sort it and we didn’t have that problem anymore.”
Milan coach Stefano Pioli was disappointed not to have got more from the game but admits his side, playing in the competition for the first time in seven years, were not up to the level of the 2019 champions.
“We played a really tough opponent and we put in a huge effort right to the end,” he said.
“It is pretty indicative of the level we have achieved so far. Liverpool are at a high level but we are not quite there yet.
“We were very good after the first 25 minutes, when we found ourselves having a tough time, we went into the lead and were a couple of inches away from going 3-1 up and that might have taken things away from Liverpool.
“It is a shame we got caught out with that set-piece towards the end.”
Jurgen Klopp admitted he was surprised at the lack of interest in Liverpool striker Divock Origi in the summer, saying: "Obviously people don’t watch football enough!"
Belgian forward Origi started for the first time since January and brilliantly set up Mohamed Salah's equaliser in Liverpool's 3-2 win over AC Milan in Champions League Group B opener.
Klopp heaped praise on 26-year-old, who started only six times for Liverpool last season, and said the club were braced for a "proper offer" for Origi in the summer.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says their 3-2 win against AC Milan was but was a good game to win with every point valuable in the Champions League group stages
Klopp told BT Sport: "[Divock] played a beautiful game. People forget how good he is, it's difficult to get into this team.
"In the summer transfer window we all thought there would be a proper offer for him, but obviously people don't watch football enough.
"He's a sensational striker and he did really well today."
Klopp added in his post-match press conference: "He's a great guy. He'll be seen as a legend when he leaves. He could have left in the summer but football is a crazy place and people forgot how good he is. We have to decide the positions. He did nothing wrong.Image: Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second goal against AC Milan
"It's difficult to get in this team sometimes, but I am really happy for him tonight."
Liverpool came from behind in a classic opening-night clash at Anfield to beat the Italian side, and with Atletico Madrid drawing 0-0 with Porto in the other Group B game, Klopp's side are on the front foot in a tricky group.
"Come on, that's our pick from pot four! Come on, that's AC Milan, in a really good moment. It's a tough group and will stay a tough group, which is why it's so important to win this game. It didn't decide anything, but gave us at least an OK start.Image: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after scoring against AC Milan
"Spectacular, a European night at Anfield, I love it.
"We started incredibly well, played a super-intense game but football-wise as well really good.
"We didn't give them anything until we got punished in the last few minutes before half-time. We got a bit carried away by our own football, we didn't keep it simple offensively and not organised defensively any more.
"It wasn't nice but it didn't feel like we could not come back in the second half. We had to change immediately to get back to how we started and then we scored wonderful goals. Both were incredible and won the game and I think it was deserved."Liverpool's remaining Champions League fixtures
September 28: Porto (A) - kick-off 8pm
October 19: Atletico Madrid (A) - kick-off 8pm
November 3: Atletico Madrid (H) - kick-off 8pm
November 24: Porto (H) - kick-off 8pm
December 7: AC Milan (A) - kick-off 8pmWhat's next?
Liverpool host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday at 3pm, while Milan are at Juventus on Sunday evening at 7.45pm in Serie A. Milan's next Champions League group game is at home to Atletico Madrid on September 28 at 8pm.