Mohamed Salah is set to overtake Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s Anfield Champions League goal-scoring record when Jurgen Klopp’s men welcome Benfica in the quarter-final return leg on Wednesday night.
The Premier League’s second-place team has a 3-1 advantage from the first leg at the Estadio da Luz courtesy of goals from Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane, and Luis Diaz. The Premier Liga outfit pulled one back through Darwin Nunez.
Salah has been struggling for form in front of goals since missing out on playing the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to his fellow teammate Sadio Mane. The Egyptian forward has banged in 28 goals from 39 appearances in all competitions this season; including eight in Europe’s most prestigious tournament.
The 29-year-old three-time African Footballer of the Year is aiming to break Gerrard’s eight years Anfield record. Liverpool’s leading pair are on 14 goals each at their home ground. Salah equaled the former Reds’ skipper during his team’s 2-0 home win over Porto back in November during the group stages.
If the ex-Chelsea and AS Roma star find the back of the net on Wednesday, that would see him become the Reds’ highest scorer in the Champions League at their home ground.
Gerrard’s last Champions League goal come against Basel in the final group stage game in 2014; which was his 30th goal in the competition and a club record until it was surpassed by Egypt international in 2021.
Salah is yet to pen a new Liverpool contract. His current deal runs out in the summer of 2023. He courted controversy when he recently offered a cryptic response to questions about ongoing contract negotiations.