Gerrard: If Messi scored this Liverpool FC goal, everyone would be going crazy

The Liverpool FC legend likens Mohamed Salah to Lionel Messi after his goal in a 4-0 win over Porto

Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard Photo: BT Sport

Steven Gerrard likened Mohamed Salah to Lionel Messi after the Liverpool FC summer signing scored a brilliant goal in Wednesday night’s resounding 4-0 Champions League victory over Porto in Portugal.

The Reds were taking part in the Champions League knockout stage for the first time since 2009 when Spanish coach Rafael Benitez was still in charge of the five-time European champions.

Liverpool FC made the breakthrough in the 25th minute when Sadio Mane’s low shot managed to creep under Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa at a rain-drenched Estadio do Dragao.

Salah doubled Liverpool FC’s lead less than 10 minutes later when the Egypt international was quickest to the ball after James Milner hit the woodwork.

The 25-year-old took three touches before placing a finish in the net to become the 13th Liverpool FC player to score 30 goals in a season.

Mane scored his second of the night to put Liverpool FC in command of the tie before Roberto Firmino deservedly got on the score sheet to leave the Reds on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals.

Former Liverpool FC captain Gerrard was particularly impressed with Salah’s goal which provided Jurgen Klopp’s side with the springboard to go on and secure a commanding first-leg win.

“It was that aggression in midfield,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “This time it was James Milner.

“He feints to shoot with an incredible effort, but the composure from Salah was absolutely brilliant. If Messi did that, everyone in the world would be going crazy. It’s the composure in that area of the pitch.

“It shows a player in form and a player full of confidence.”

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