Erling Haaland: Manchester City Striker Makes Premier League History Against Liverpool

Erling Haaland: Manchester City Striker Makes Premier League History Against Liverpool

Elijah Odetokun
updated at November 25, 2023 at 2:23 PM
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  • Erling Haaland opened the scoring for Manchester City against rivals Liverpool
  • It was his 14th goal of the season and his 50th Premier League goal in 48 games
  • He makes history as the fastest player to hit half a century in the English top-flight

Erling Haaland wrote his name into further history books after putting Manchester City 1-0 up at half-time against rivals Liverpool in the early kick-off.

City and Liverpool opened the league at Etihad Stadium after league football resumed following a two-week international break, the last break of the season before March.

Haaland was an injury doubt for the game after withdrawing from Norway's final Euro 2024 qualifying group game, which ended 3-3 against Scotland.

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Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring for Manchester City against Liverpool. Photo by Simon Stacpoole.
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He was fit enough to start, and in the 26th minute, he received a pass from Nathan Ake and fired a powerful shot past Alisson Becker on the edge of the six-yard box to give City the lead.

Haaland makes PL history

The goal was his 14th league goal of the season, his 50th overall and per TNT Sports, he became the fastest player to reach 50 league goals, hitting that in just 48 games.

The quickest anyone had scored 50 Premier League goals before the Norwegian was Andy Cole, who hit the milestone in 65 games, while record goalscorer Alan Shearer hit the figure in 66 games.

Per BBC Sports, he has faced 21 clubs since moving to England last season and has scored against 20, with London club Brentford the only side to escape his vicious left foot.

The 23-year-old helped Pep Guardiola's side to a historic treble in his first season, and his exploits earned him a Ballon d'Or nomination, but he lost the award to Lionel Messi for his record-extending eighth title.

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Guardiola argues with Haaland

Sports Brief previously reported on Guardiola arguing with Erling Haaland after the final whistle in City's 3-0 derby win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The pair were involved in an animated conversation, which their gestures suggested was about the striker's header in the first half, which Andre Onana saved.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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