Liverpool survived a major heart attack by securing all-important victory against Red Bull Salzburg.
Liverpool played an enthralling fixture against the Austrian opponents Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield. The game was full of goals – witnessing the hosts edge their opponents 4-3 to secure their first victory of this Champions League edition.
The reigning Champions were out with their all guns blazing – starting the game on a higher ante. Sadio Mane interlinked with Roberto Firmino to open the lead in the 9th minute. It was followed by pure filthy team goals from Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah before the 36-minute mark.
They looked like cruising, but were caught on the break when Jordan Henderson committed a glaring error. Hwang Hee-Chan evaded the challenges from Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez to cut down the deficit to two before the half-time whistle. Liverpool looked nervous for no reason and buckled under pressure.
Two goals within four minutes through Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland evened the scoreline. However, that lasted for just nine minutes as Roberto Firmino picked out a pass to find Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian scored with ease to find the back of the net and it resulted as a winner.
For the rest of the game, Liverpool defended well and saw out the lead. It was an important three points for Jurgen Klopp, while Jesse Marsch’s side will have nothing but full pride out of this phenomenal display.
We shall look at three reasons why Liverpool edged their opponents Red Bull Salzburg.
#3 Liverpool’s complacency after three-goal unearthed Salzburg’s comeback
Liverpool looked head and shoulders above their opponents during the first half an hour of the game. The hosts even scored thrice in that period and players on the field thought they already secured the result, but they didn’t yet.
Salzburg, who has a history of scoring goals for fun this season, proved their phenomenal prowess. Jordan Henderson lost the ball in a dangerous position and the opponent attacker Hee-Chan dummied Virgil Van Dijk to see the net bulge six minutes before the half-time.
The hosts started on a slower ante and wanted to calm situations down. They didn’t want to take the game to opposition’s half and paid a huge price for that. They were caught napping for the second and third goal.
Takumi Minamino, in general, was running the show and looked sensational with and without the ball. The Japanese was unplayable and made sure that Liverpool concede goals when Salzburg were well-placed.