Liverpool defeat RB Salzburg 4-3 in the Champions League after blowing 3-0 lead

Liverpool FC v RB Salzburg: Group E - UEFA Champions League

Liverpool nearly blew a 3-0 lead in their Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s side scored three goals in the first 36 minutes of the match but the visitors managed to get back into the game with a remarkable fightback.

But Mohamed Salah proved to be the hero, grabbing a fourth for the Reds as they sealed an important 4-3 win.

Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Salah put Liverpool 3-0 ahead in the first half and all three points seemed assured.

But Salzburg had other ideas.

They hauled themselves back into the contest with a truly inspired effort against the reigning Champions League winners.

Hwang Hee-chan scored in the 39th minute after spinning Virgil van Dijk inside the area.

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And Salzburg capitalised on their momentum with two swift goals in the second half.

Takumi Minamino made it 3-2 in the 56th minute with a superb volley from Hwang’s cross.

And, miraculously, the German side were level four minutes later.

Minamino turned provider to set up Erling Braut Haaland, who has now scored 18 goals this season. 

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But this Liverpool team is very resilient and they dusted themselves off and got back on track.

Salah restored Liverpool's lead he steered the ball home from close range.

Liverpool held on for a crucial three points. The victory leaves them in second place in Group E with three points, one fewer than leaders Napoli.

Klopp may be considered about the collapse which saw his team squander a 3-0 lead.

Tougher challenges await his team in the tournament - Klopp knows that - and any defensive frailties could cost them.

Liverpool FC v RB Salzburg: Group E - UEFA Champions League

But, having lost their opening match to Napoli, the three points matters the most.

Next up for the Reds in Europe is a meeting away to Genk on October 23.

Three doesn't fit into two and one of Liverpool, Napoli and RB Salzburg will miss out on a place in the knockout rounds.

It's all to play for.

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