KEY POINTS

  • Salah has now scored in nine consecutive matches
  • He has 12 goals from 11 competitive games this season
  • He scored twice in Liverpool's 3-2 win over Atletico

Mo Salah created history as he scored twice in Liverpool FC's 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. 

Salah, who is arguably in the best form of his career, became the first-ever Liverpool player to score in nine consecutive matches, according to Opta Joe. 

Out of Liverpool's 12 matches in the 2021-22 season, Salah has been on the goal chart in 11 games. He did not score against Norwich City in the League Cup because he was not in the squad. The Egyptian King has found the net 12 times for the Reds in 11 matches, across all competitions this season. He has also provided four assists. 

Salah opened the scoring against Atletico Madrid with a wonder goal as he weaved through the defense to score off the toe of James Milner. Naby Keita made it 2-0 with an incredible low volley before Antoine Griezmann's double strikes brought Atletico back into the game.

The four goals in the first half at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium meant Jurgen Klopp's side became the first Liverpool team to both score and concede two goals inside the first half of a Champions League game, according to soccer website Goal. 

In the latter phase of the second half, Atletico's Mario Hermoso brought down Liverpool striker Diogo Jota in the box, making way for Salah to register the winner for Klopp's side. Salah took the spot-kick and netted the winner, which was also his fourth successful penalty strike in the Champions League. 

The end result left Atletico Madrid's boss Diego Simeone angered, who opted to not do the customary handshake with the opponent boss Klopp. The Reds boss called Simeone's reaction "not so cool."

Reacting to the overall game, Klopp called both Liverpool and Atletico "fighting units."

"Both teams are proper fighting units, are used to fighting for the things they want to reach, and that’s clear. Of course, the story of the game is a special one because you don’t very often, that easy, go 2-0 up against Atletico after 13 minutes. In half-time, I think everybody here in the room and who watched the game thought, 'OK, Atletico are now on the winning side so that will go in only one direction.' But we thought, 'We are still here so let's give it a try,'" Klopp told Liverpool's official website after the 3-2 win. 

Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool in a dramatic game in Madrid Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool in a dramatic game in Madrid Photo: AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS

Liverpool are yet to lose in the Champions League this season and are at the top of the Group B table with nine points.

"I told the boys at half-time, it's really positive because we know much more now than we knew before the game about them, we just have to use the right spaces and to play in the right spaces and then everything will be fine. That’s what we tried to do, but then obviously the game got even more dramatic because of the decisions and the things that happened," ​added Klopp.