Liverpool 4-3 Red Bull Salzburg: Holders win seven-goal thriller
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By Gary Rose
BBC Sport in Anfield
Liverpool held off a stunning fightback from Red Bull Salzburg to receive their Champions League defence up and running in an incredible game at Anfield with victory.
Before Mohamed Salah seized the winner midway through the second half the visitors trailed 3-0 in the first half but battled back to 3-3 of the
Liverpool lost their Group E opener to Napoli a month but got off to the start in this game when Salzburg player Sadio Mane struck at the near post inside 10 minutes home.
Before Salah poked at a third under keeper Cican Stanokovic andrew Robertson turned in a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
It appeared as though the game was over 10 minutes.
But Salzburg, for example Liverpool, have scored goals for pleasure this season – 40 in nine league matches – and started their fightback once Hwang Hee-chan got the better of Virgil van Dijk before scoring with a strong strike.
The visitors reduced the deficit the off fans erupted when substitute Erling Braut Haaland tapped in a equaliser and when Takumi Minamino volleyed at – his 18th goal of the season.
Salah eventually got Liverpool on the lineup when he awakened to the header of Roberto Firmino and scored with a strike.
Liverpool have not lost because 2014, winning 16 and drawing on seven of the games prior to the trip of Salzburg.
It looked like acquire number 17 will be a formality with the Reds at their clinical scoring of the four shots on target, in a screen.
This game raised concerns, while scoring is the strength of Liverpool.
Theyve maintained only three clean sheets this season – from Sheffield and Burnley United and from MK Dons from the Carabao Cup – and also from an attack they fought to deal.
Van Dijk has been a stone for Liverpool however this game underlined Joel Matips importance for their defence too – the global missed the match through injury.
All discuss pre-match about Red Bull Salzburg had been concentrated in their in-form striker Haaland.
Even the Leeds-born 19-year-old, son of ex-Leeds United midfield Alf Inge Haaland, had scored 17 goals in 11 games including a hat-trick at the 6-2 defeat of Genk in their group opener of Salzburg, prior to the match.
Illness restricted Haaland into a location however, they have loads of goals in the remainder of the team while hes undoubtedly an integral player for the Austrian side.
The visitors had been the first to threaten in the opening couple of minutes when Minamino snapped a shot wide and there have been also opportunities with Patson Daka hesitating when in on target, allowing Liverpool to recover.
In the end, they fell short however, the away supporters cheered and singing long after the last whistle. This performance against the Champions League holders will have felt as a victory.
Liverpool yield to Premier League action this weekend as they host in-form Leicester City on Saturday (15:00 BST).
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