It was matchday 2 of this season’s UEFA Champions League and standing on the brink of history was Liverpool in the search for their 10,000th goal. The Reds had scored the 9998th and 9999th goals in the weekend’s Premier League game against the Sheffield United where they had to go from a goal behind to snatch maximum points from the jaws of the Blades.
Diogo Jota scored the winner which coincidentally was the 9,999th Liverpool goal against Sheffield at the weekend and all eyes were on who would be the to score the 10,000th goal. It was expected that the record breaking goal would come on matchday 2 of the Champions League seeing that the Premier League Champions were at home against Danish side, FC Midtjylland. Of course, the goal did not come easy as Liverpool had to wait till the 55th minute to break the deadlock and waited till the very last minute of the game to put it to bed with a Mohammed Salah penalty.
With the win, Liverpool are comfortable leaders of Group D after Atlanta could only fight back from 2 goals down to force a draw at the Amsterdam arena. The stage is now set for a double header between the English giants and fast rising and free scoring Italian side.
The winner of both matches will go a long way in determining who wins the group and should Atalanta bag maximum points and Ajax do the same against FC Midtjylland who are fast becoming the whooping boys of the group, the last two group games could set up a frenetic finish for the Reds.
Diogo Jota who joined in the summer from fellow Premier League side, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been an astute acquisition as he has adapted to life at Anfied quite well. He has bagged 3 goals already in 8 appearances in all competitions and seems a capable backup for both Sadio Mane and Salah. His goals have not just mere goals but important ones. His first came against Arsenal and it put paid to any comeback attempt from the Gunners. His second was against Sheffield which gave Liverpool the all important 3 points and his third goal broke the deadlock against the Danish side which was also Liverpool’s 10,000th goal.
The season is still young and with many battles still ahead to fight. The Portuguese would be happy to have played his name into Liverpool’s history books but helping the Reds to more titles will definitely make him happier.