Jurgen Klopp’s Reds held off a stunning fightback by Red Bull Salzburg to get their Champions League defense up and running with an incredible win at Anfield.
The visitors got off to the worst possible start as they trailed 3-0 in the first half but battled their way back to 3-3 before Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah grabbed the winner midway through the second half.
Liverpool lost their Group E opening game against Serie A side Napoli last month but got off to the ideal start in this game when former Salzburg forward Sadio Mane struck inside 10 minutes, sweeping the ball into the net after neat link-up play with Roberto Firmino.
Scottish left-back Andrew Robertson scored his first-ever Champions League goal for the Reds when he turned in a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold before Salah poked a third under keeper Cican Stanokovic on 36 minutes It seemed as though the game was over as a contest 10 minutes before the half-time whistle.
But Salzburg, like Liverpool, have scored goals for fun this season in the Austrian Bundesliga, 40 in nine league games to be precise leading the Austrian Bundesliga, and they began their fightback when Hwang Hee-chan got the better of UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year Virgil van Dijk before scoring with a powerful strike.
The visitors reduced the deficit even further when Takumi Minamino volleyed in a lovely strike and the away fans erupted when substitute Erling Braut Haaland tapped in the third on 60 minutes.
But Mohamed Salah finally got Liverpool over the line when he latched on to Roberto Firmino’s header and scored with a fierce strike to put the hosts back in front and earned Liverpool their first win in Europe this season.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has blasted the club for their decision to place…