Diogo Jota engraves his name into Liverpool history in just his eighth game by scoring the club’s 10,000th goal in Champions League win over Midtjylland as £41m man continues fine start to Anfield life
- Diogo Jota wrote his name in Liverpool history by scoring the 10,000th goal
- The 23-year-old also netted the club’s 9,999th goal against Sheffield United
- The winger joins Michael Owen and John Aldridge as landmark goalscorers
Diogo Jota has already written his name in the Liverpool history books after scoring the club’s 10,000th goal against Champions League opponents Midtjylland on Tuesday.
The £41million signing, who also scored the 9,999th goal after netting the winner against Sheffield United, finished from close range after being played in by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The winger has made a promising start to his Anfield career with three goals in his first eight games since signing from Wolves in September.
Diogo Jota wrote his name in Liverpool history by scoring the club’s 10,000th goal on Tuesday
Jota had a simple tap-in to open the scoring against Champions League opponents Midtjylland
Liverpool’s first ever goal was scored by Jock Smith in 1892 and Jota joins an impressive list of history-makers which includes Terry McDermott, Michael Owen and John Aldridge.
McDermott scored the 6,00th goal in the Charity Shield against West Ham in 1980 which was enough to give the Reds a 1-0 victory.
Aldridge scored the club’s 7,000th goal in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham in 1989 while Owen netted the 8,000th in a 3-3 draw with Southampton in 2000.
John Aldridge (left) notched the Reds’ 7,000th goal in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham in 1989
Michael Owen scored Liverpool’s 8,000th goal in a 3-3 draw with Southampton in 2000
Ten years later, Sotirios Kyrgiakos scored the 9,000th but the scoreline was less memorable as it came in a 2-1 defeat by Blackpool.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who scored five goals during his Anfield career, tweeted to say he was happy to have played his part in the club reaching 10,000.
But Carragher was also known for scoring at the wrong end of the pitch and ex-team-mate Dietmar Hamann jokingly asked whether own goals counted towards the total, given the defender put eight in his own net.
Jamie Carragher contributed five goals towards the total but often netted at the wrong end
Jota said he was proud to have notched the landmark goal for Jurgen Klopp’s side but insisted he was happier to help his team to an important three points against a resolute Midtjylland side.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Jota said: ‘Well it’s a start. Obviously I’m happy to score and to help the team to achieve the win.
‘Achieving that mark is always a good thing but I’m more happy with the victory today.
‘After a good away win, it’s important to keep on adding points and we did our job. We get the three points, that’s most important, and now we [need to be] ready for the next game.’
LIVERPOOL’S LANDMARK GOALS
1st – Jock Smith, September 3, 1892 – Liverpool 8-0 Higher Walton (Lancashire League)
1,000th – Bobby Robinson, November 24, 1906 – Liverpool 5-2 Aston Villa (First Division)
2,000th – Harry Chambers, December 25, 1925 – Liverpool 6-3 Newcastle United (First Division)
3,000th – Jack Balmer, October 15, 1938 – Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa (First Division)
4,000th – Jimmy Melia, November 8, 1958 – Liverpool 3-0 Leyton Orient (Second Division)
5,000th – Ian St John, September 3, 1969 – Watford 1-2 Liverpool (League Cup)
6,000th – Terry McDermott, August 9, 1980 – Liverpool 1-0 West Ham United (Charity Shield)
7,000th – John Aldridge, March 26, 1989 – Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool (First Division)
8,000th – Michael Owen, August 26, 2000 – Southampton 3-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
9,000th – Sotirios Kyrgiakos, October 3, 2010 – Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool (Premier League)
10,000th – Diogo Jota, October 27, 2020 – Liverpool 2-0 FC Midtjylland (Champions League)
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