Liverpool qualified for the Champions League final for the first time in over a decade after an eventful semi-final victory over Roma.
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked to be cruising through with an aggregate lead of 7-4 going into the final five minutes of normal time, but two late goals from Radja Nainggolan gave the Premier League side a scare that they should have been able to prevent.
Nonetheless, the Reds are into the final, and to that they owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the blistering form of their forward line. The threat of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah has been constant not just over the course of the two legs against Roma, but in the Champions League season as a whole.
Indeed, Liverpool’s two goals at the Olimpico mean that, with one game still to go, Klopp’s men are now the highest scorers in any one Champions League season.
Most goals in a single Champions League campaign, including qualifiers:
Liverpool 4⃣6⃣ in 2017/18
Barcelona 4⃣5⃣ in 99/2000
Real Madrid 4⃣1⃣ in 2013/14
Man Utd 3⃣7⃣ in 2002/03
BOOM! ? pic.twitter.com/nJOyhi3Bpy
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 2, 2018
The front three of Mane, Firmino and Salah, meanwhile, broke a record of their own on Wednesday night. The Senegalese forwards goal means that the trio now have 29 goals between them in the competition this season – making them the most prolific front three in the Champions League’s history.
2017/18: Salah, Mané & Firmino = 29 goals ⚽️
2013/14: Bale, Benzema & Cristiano = 28 goals ⚽️
Liverpool’s front three are officially the most prolific trio in Champions League history. pic.twitter.com/yEGwVFRXS6
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 2, 2018
All three (Salah and Firmino with ten goals, Mane with nine) have surpassed Steven Gerrard as Liverpool’s previous top scorer in any one Champions League season.
The 7-6 aggregate score, meanwhile, is the highest semi-final score over two legs in Champions League history, while James Milner moved to the top of the seasonal assist charts with his ninth of the season in last week’s first leg at Anfield.
If nothing else, expect goals when Liverpool meet Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26th.
And then, of course, there is this…
Liverpool have scored more goals in the Champions League this season than Everton have scored in the Premier League! #LFC
— Nathan Murphy (@nathanmurf) May 2, 2018
Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League finalists will be returning to Dublin this summer as part of their pre-season preparations. For more information, click the link below.