Mo Salah Scores From Difficult Angle To Send Liverpool Through
Mo Salah went from zero to hero with a brilliant finish against Red Bull Salzburg to send Liverpool through, as top of their group, into the Champions League last 16.
Liverpool knew they had to avoid defeat to go through to the knockout stages of this season's competition and faced tricky opposition in Austria as the away side.
Klopp's men found themselves under a lot of pressure early in the game but still had their own chances with Salah missing three attempts you'd expect him to score.
Naby Keita put the Reds 1-0 up and looking likely to go through after 57 minutes and Salah made it 2-0 just a minute later as he brilliantly rounded the keeper and scored from a tight angle.
HOW!?- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 10, 2019
Mo Salah doubles the Reds' lead with this madness!
We could watch this again and again... pic.twitter.com/0q3820Pngw
Love him checking it's in from a couple of yards off the pitch pic.twitter.com/rLLXCYMKYK- Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) December 10, 2019
Liverpool had hoped to go through in Matchday Five and leave the final game to their second string, as the fixtures pile up in December, but their home draw with Napoli at Anfield in November left them in trouble.
Going into the match the Reds knew there was the threat of Erling Haaland, who had scored eight goals in Europe so far in this campaign, with the young Norwegian on the cusp of being only the second man to score in every group game in the competition's history.
Haaland was bright from the start and it needed a late intervention from Virgil van Dijk to stop him being through on goal, one-on-one, in the opening minute.
The pressure continued in the first half from Salzburg but they were unable to find a way through the Premier League leaders' defence, and when they did Alisson stood firm.
Klopp's side were certainly under pressure of being knocked out as champions in the first 45 minutes but they were much the better side after the break.
It's unfortunate for the Austrians to go out from such a tough group but they will certainly be tricky opposition for those in the Europa League.