STEVEN GERRARD knows his Champions League scoring record for Liverpool will be well beaten by Mohamed Salah.

And he hopes Alfredo Morelos can smash the standard set by Ally McCoist at Rangers as his side prepare to face Benfica in a crucial Europa League clash.

Salah moved level with Gerrard on 21 Champions League strikes as he netted in the 5-0 victory over Atalanta on Tuesday.

That is the same number of goals that Morelos has scored in European action for Rangers after he equalled McCoist's tally against Lech Poznan.

Gerrard said: “Records are there to be broken, of course they are. I was very proud to see Mo Salah equal my goalscoring record for Liverpool in Europe, it was only a matter of time.

“I honestly think he’ll go on and embarrass my record and I hope that he does. That kind of thing is always there for strikers.

“Mo Salah and Alfredo Morelos go about their business always being hungry for goals. My job for Liverpool was slightly different. There is nothing better than seeing someone going for a record and then smashing it to pieces.

“I hope for Alfredo that in the coming games he can move himself in front of Ally. But as I have said many times, that does mean that all of a sudden he should be held in the same breath as McCoist, we have to be respectful over what’s gone before and recognise how successful Ally was.

“Ally scored a lot of goals in the Champions League which is obviously a higher level than the Europa. Alfredo has done well. He’s scored a lot of goals in the time he’s been here and I am not taking anything away from Alfredo.

“But they are at different stages of their careers. When Ally broke the record he was a lot older.

“Alfredo has the potential to play in the Champions League, there is no doubt in my mind that at some stage he’ll do just that.

"It’s one for me where you compare both players at the end of Alfredo’s career.

“I don’t think it’s fair to draw comparisons at the moment.”