Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum breaks Barcelona’s Champions League goal scoring record
LIVERPOOL broke the Champions League goal scoring record with their two against Roma.
Strikes from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum not only confirmed the Reds’ place in the final despite the 4-2 defeat, but also saw them overtake Barcelona’s landmark tally with goal No 46.
The figure includes qualifying matches and is just another marker of just how freescoring Jurgen Klopp’s men have been this campaign.
Liverpool have only fired one blank this season — a 0-0 draw at home to Porto in the round of 16 second leg — while also registering two 7-0 victories and 5-0 in the first leg against the Primeira Liga side.
Barcelona had held the record since the 1999-2000 season, where they were eliminated by Valencia at the semi-final stage.
In fourth place is Manchester United from 2002-03, who reached the quarter-finals, despite beating Real Madrid 4-3 in an epic encounter at Old Trafford.
It’s worth remembering, however, that both of those two campaigns included second group stage rounds, so there was a maximum of an extra four matches.
Real Madrid’s 2013-14 and 2016-17 sides are third and fifth respectively, despite not having to go through any qualifying rounds.
Meanwhile, the 13 goals scored across the two legs between Liverpool and Roma is a record tally in the Champions League era.
The all-time record belongs to the 1959-60 clashes between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers, which the Germans won 6-1 and 6-3
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE’S TOP SCORING CLUBS
1. Liverpool: 17-18 — 46 goals in 14 games
2. Barcelona: 99-00 — 45 in 16 games
3. Real Madrid: 13-14 — 41 in 13 games
4. Manchester United 02-03 — 37 in 16 games
5. Real Madrid 16-17 — 36 in 13 games