Liverpool became the first English team to win in all six days of a Champions League group stage. Last Tuesday they beat Milan at the San Siro and not only took three points, but also reached a mark that no English team had ever managed to reach.
Neither the mighty Arsenal of the ‘Invincible’ that reached the final in 2005. Nor Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United who finished champion in 2007. Nor Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham who remained in the 2017 final. Nor Manchester City led by Pep Guardiola runner-up in 2020. They were all great teams, but they stayed on the edge of the record and lacked one game to complete 18 of 18 points at stake.
The full of victories of this great team formed by Jürgen Klopp began at Anfield Road against a difficult Milan: 3-2 with goals from Tomori against, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson. He started losing, but traced the result with his people. The following week he traveled to Portugal and swept a Porto that seemed to be a complex task. He swept the result 5-1 with goals from the dynamite trio: Salah (x2), Roberto Firmino (x2) and Sadio Mané. On the third date he had to visit the Wanda Metropolitano stadium to face the old acquaintances of Atlético Madrid and, despite having taken the lead with goals from Salah and Naby Keita, the ‘Colchoneros’ temporarily tied it. The controversy appeared at the end, but Mo did not hesitate and took the penalty he was awarded as a goal. Three points for home.
Fifteen days passed between one game and another. Atlético Madrid traveled to Liverpool to face the Reds and the focus was on the coaches: Diego Simeone did not greet Klopp, and they gave the public a novel at press conferences. On the court the process was taken by the German 2-0 and a soccer lesson: Mané and Diogo Jota scored the goals, but there could have been many more. The team was already classified and confirmed the first place before their people with a 2-0 against Porto with an anthological goal from Thiago Alcántara and another for Salah’s personal account. This Tuesday, the team again made it clear that it is a candidate and eliminated Milan at Giuseppe Meazza, beating him 2-1 thanks to a goal from the Egyptian and another from Divock Origin.
The reason for such a record?
“Arrigo Sacchi” said :
Needless to say, Liverpool is a well-armed team, with great names and that it has earned the respect of experts such as “You see one playing for eleven, while other teams are eleven playing for themselves. 80 percent of the time, they are moving when they have the ball”. Although it goes further. He has in his ranks who are probably the best player in the world at the moment.
The Egyptian has scored 7 goals in the Champions League group stage. No Liverpool player had ever done it in his history. Not only that: it is the fifth season in a row that he has reached at least 20 goals in the Liverpool jersey. He is one season away from matching Ian Rush, the legendary Red scorer. In the Premier League, Mo Salah is the leader in goals and assists. He is insane. The main reason Liverpool finished with the same number of goals as all the teams that accompanied them in Group B.