Mohamed Salah became Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in the Champions League as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Denmark’s Midtjylland on Wednesday having already secured top spot in Group D.
Salah put the Premier League champions ahead in the first minute, latching on to a poor backpass and bursting goalwards before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen.
The goal was Salah’s 22nd in the Champions League making him the club’s record scorer in the competition.
The Danes drew level in the 62nd minute through an Alexander Scholz penalty after Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher brought down Anders Dreyer. The linesman had initially flagged for offside but that decision was overturned by VAR.
Scholz had an effort ruled out for offside in the 77th minute while Liverpool’s Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino also had the ball in the net but the goal was not awarded following a VAR review.
Juergen Klopp had fielded a weakened and youthful team in the game against the bottom club in the group.
Meanwhile, Atalanta secured a return to the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday following a 1-0 win at Ajax that sent the Italians through as Group D runners-up behind Liverpool.
Substitute Luis Muriel struck the decisive goal five minutes from time, shortly after the dismissal of Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch in Amsterdam, as Atalanta won their fifth successive away game in the competition.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side had required just a point in their final game to edge Ajax to second place.
They were just minutes away from reaching last season’s semifinals on their Champions League debut before conceding two late goals to Paris Saint-Germain in the ‘Final Eight’ in Lisbon.