UEFA Champions League Moments: Mohamed Salah and Steven Gerrard

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah could equal a club record for consecutive UEFA Champions League goals set by Steven Gerrard should he score Real Madrid this evening. But how do they two stack up in the competition?
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Liverpool have been synonymous with the European Cup since Emlyn Hughes lifted the famous trophy back in 1977 at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome. 

Since then the competition has gone through a name change, facelift and five more glorious nights for the Reds. 

Having overtaken club legend Steven Gerrard's record for UEFA Champions League goals for the club when he netted his 22nd against FC Midtjylland, Mohamed Salah will equal another of the former captain's records should he find the back of the net against Real Madrid tonight.

The man known as the 'Egyptian King' has scored in each of Liverpool's last four European matches, and what could prove to be an important goal at Anfield tonight would match Gerrard's five consecutive strikes

With that in mind, what better time to look back on their memorable moments in Europe...

First Goal

Salah: Unlike Gerrard, Salah arrived at Liverpool having already experienced plenty of Champions League football - announcing himself in a Red shirt in the competition proper with a European debut goal in a 2-2 away draw with Sevilla. 

Gerrard: Some 12 years earlier, Anfield's Whiston-born hero to be bagged his first goal amongst Europe's elite when his left-footed strike gave Liverpool a 2-1 win against Dynamo Kyiv. 

Milestones

Gerrard: By 2007, Gerrard was captaining his boyhood club and had already provided a host of memorable moments. As the Reds swept aside Marseille 4-0 in the Orange Vélodrome, the swashbuckling central midfielder scored his 10th UCL goal when his penalty fell kindly back into his path. 

Salah: The former Roma ace bagged his 10th strike when Jurgen Klopp's side ran riot at Anfield at the quarter-final stages during an emphatic 5-2 victory against his former employers - the Egyptian getting a brace on the night. 

Gerrard: His 20th goal was rather an uneventful affair, scored from the penalty spot in a narrow win over European minnows PFC Ludogorets.

Salah: Much like the man that preceded him, Salah's 20th Champions League goal for the club came from the spot in an unglamorous group stage 2-0 home win over FC Midtjylland. 


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Finest Hour

Gerrard: Whilst there are an abundance of options to choose from, it's simply impossible to overlook the captain's influence on the 'Miracle of Istanbul'.

A leader in every sense of the word on the night, the then 24-year-old began the comeback in what proved to be a seminal moment before winning the penalty for Xabi Alonso to equalise. 

As it transpired the Scouser wasn't required for the penalty shootout - instead, his energy was conserved for lifting the trophy aloft to the Turkish sky. 

Salah: Although only a relatively short Anfield stay thus far, the flying Egyptian forward has enjoyed his fair share of momentous European occasions. 

Perhaps the most memorable of which came in the opening moments of the 2018/19 final in Madrid when Salah fired the Reds in front with a powerfully struck penalty to set Jurgen Klopp's men on the way to glory. 

Albeit a rather quiet night thereafter for the 28-year-old, that goal avenged demons from what was a brutal end to the showpiece event a year earlier. 

Iconic Moment

Salah: Big players are often judged on their ability to step up on the big occasion when it matters most of all. 

In November 2018, Salah did just that. With Liverpool's place in the knockout phase hanging in the balance, the winger left coveted defender Kalidou Koulibaly grasping at thin air before cooly finishing to give the Reds an all-important 1-0 win against Napoli. 

Gerrard: Rather in the same essence, Liverpool's path to glory never did run smooth and on another famous Anfield night it took a stunning strike to seal the club's place in the next phase. 

With Rafa Benitez's side just moments away from elimination, Gerrard fired home a lovely cushioned header to fire the Reds through and madness ensued in the adoring Kop. 


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