Mohamed Salah’s treble not only breaks the record for the fastest CL hat trick. Together with Diogo Jota, he equals Franck Ribéry and Mario Gómez.
Mohamed Salah was not yet sweating as he celebrated his record with arms outstretched in front of the fans.
After all, the Liverpool FC star striker had only 13 minutes of play under his belt. But that was enough for the Egyptian to score the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history within six minutes and twelve seconds in a 7-1 (1-1) win at Glasgow Rangers.
“Typical Mo,” Jürgen Klopp commented succinctly on his goalscorer’s new record. “The whole thing was very important.”
After his substitution in the 68th minute, Salah needed only nine ball contacts – then the 30-year-old had beaten the previous record of Frenchman Bafetimbi Gomis in the jersey of Olympique Lyon from the 2011/12 season by two minutes with his goals in the 75th, 80th and 81st minute.
However, Salah not only outshines his rivals in time but also in effectiveness. Of all the 112 hat-tricks scored in the history of the premier league, Salah’s nine-ball contacts needed to achieve them are the fewest.
Salah & Jota follow in the footsteps of Ribéry and Gomez
And it was not only Salah who delivered a historic performance. It was Diogo Jota who set up all three of the Egyptian’s goals, a hat-trick of assists in six minutes and twelve seconds.
Only once in the history of the Champions League has a player managed to set up a hat-trick for his team-mate. In 2012, it was Franck Ribéry who assisted Mario Gómez three times against FC Basel. Although Gómez did not manage his hat trick in the same short time as Salah, he scored four times in Bayern’s 7-0 victory.
With his treble, Salah played a major part in ensuring that the struggling English runners-up can go into Sunday’s important Premier League match against title holders Manchester City with fresh self-confidence, with goal machine Erling Haaland, whom the Citizens have even been resting of late.
Salah hat-trick helpful ahead of clash with City & Haaland
“It changes the mood – and that’s good. We all know who is coming on Sunday. It’s going to be a different game, but it’s better to go into the encounter with a feeling like that,” Klopp said: “If we play to our potential, we’re a pretty good football team.”
However, the 19-time champions have exploited their potential far too rarely in the league so far. After ten matchdays, the Reds are in tenth place in the table with just two wins and ten points. Leaders Arsenal FC (24 points) and City (23) are already far behind.
In contrast, things are going pretty well in the top flight with three wins in four games. After the three-goal win in Glasgow, which was secured by Salah, former Hoffenheim player Roberto Firmino (24./55.), Darwin Núnez (66.) and Harvey Elliott (87.) with their goals after Scott Arfield (17.) had gone behind, Klopp even went into a “victory frenzy”.
“I’m probably already drunk after one beer”.
“We usually have a beer after away games,” said the 55-year-old, “but that was so long ago that I’m probably already drunk after one.”