Mo Salah scored a remarkable hat-trick in just six minutes and 12 seconds – the fastest in Champions League history – as Liverpool routed Rangers 7-1 at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium on Wednesday.
Salah, who by his own high standards has had a mixed start to the season, came off the substitutes’ bench in the 68th minute and seven minutes later started scoring.
First, he pounced on a loose ball and clinically slotted the ball into the net; then, he fired his second into the goal despite the attentions of three Rangers players, and suddenly he was on a hattrick.
And as quickly as Salah had scored his first two, he completed his third, curling the ball past Rangers keeper Allan McGregor.
“Typical month [Salah]Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said afterwards, according to Sky Sports.
The result and Salah’s performance brought much-needed relief to Liverpool.
A side that came close to winning the quadruple last season had their worst start to a domestic season since 2012-13, so much so that Klopp said his team’s title hopes were already over this weekend after a 3 -2 against Arsenal.
“It definitely changed the mood,” Klopp added of Wednesday’s victory, which was the first time Liverpool had won an away game this season.
“It’s completely different. We usually have a beer after away games, but it’s been so long since I had a beer, I’ll probably be drunk after one.
Liverpool started the game poorly and, as so often this season, conceded the opening goal, Scott Arfield giving the Scots the lead after 17 minutes.
A Roberto Firmino header from the corner brought Liverpool level, although it took a block from Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konaté to prevent Rangers from restoring their lead.
After half-time, Liverpool found their rhythm and Firmino extended the visitors’ lead with his second goal, latching onto Joe Gomez’s cross.
Ten minutes later, Darwin Núñez completed a counterattack after Firmino set up the Uruguay international with a clever touch.
Then, after Salah’s six-minute hat-trick, Harvey Elliott scored his first-ever Champions League goal after a nervous wait from VAR to complete the 7-1 victory.
Liverpool next face in-form Manchester City in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.
“We all know who we are hosting on Sunday,” Klopp said, according to Sky Sports, “and it will be a different game, but better to go into it with that feeling we have tonight than any other.”