Champions League, Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-0: Records broken
Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-0 at the San Siro in a crucial UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter. The match was goalless at half-time before Robert Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored late on to help the Reds gain a significant advantage. In another Champions League tie, Red Bull Salzburg played out a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich.
Liverpool enjoyed most of the possession in the first half but Inter had the best chance as Hakan Calanoghlu rattled the underside of the bar. After half-time, Inter saw a goal get ruled out for offside. Firmino put the Reds ahead with a header from Andrew Robertson's cross. Another pinpoint cross saw Mohamed Salah find the net after Virgil van Dijk nodded the ball.
The veteran James Milner made his 800th appearance of his senior club career. It was also his 275th match for Liverpool in all competitions. He has also made 203 appearances for Manchester City, 136 for Newcastle United, 126 for Aston Villa, 54 for Leeds United, and 6 for Swindon Town. Milner has averaged 40 games per season across his 20-season professional career.
As per Opta, Mohamed Salah is only the second player to score against both AC Milan and Inter Milan in the same Champions League season, after Peter Crouch for Tottenham in 2010-11. Salah has now scored in eight successive away games for Liverpool in the Champions League. Salah has 33 goals and nine assists across 50 UCL appearances for Liverpool.
Salah has scored at the San Siro twice this season in the UCL (versus Milan and Inter). Salah has scored eight UCL goals this season. He has 24 goals in 29 appearances for Liverpool this season. In 232 matches for Liverpool, Salah has netted 149 goals. Salah has been directly involved in 15 UCL goals in 18 appearances since the start of last season.
Liverpool have maintained a 100% record in the UCL this season (W7). They have scored 19 goals so far. Jurgen Klopp has become the eighth manager to win 50-plus matches in the Champions League. Robertson has now registered 10+ assists in a single season for the third time in his career. Firmino has raced to 18 UCL goals, equaling Ronaldinho's tally.