Mo Salah double sinks Salzburg’s hopes of unlikely comeback

The Austrian champions were in the midst of a famous comeback at Anfield — until Liverpool’s Egyptian King decreed it wasn’t going to be allowed to happen.

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Liverpool defeated FC Salzburg in a seven-goal thriller in the Champions League. It was the first European match at the Reds’ home ground since ‘The Miracle of Anfield’, and the 100th in total.

The stadium was almost home to yet another comeback as the Austrian champions restored parity after finding themselves three goals behind after just half-an-hour.

Jürgen Klopp’s side started the first half in perfect fashion. Sadio Mané opened the scoring with nine minutes played, before the two full-backs combined as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross was finished by Andy Robertson in the 25th minute.

Mohamed Salah would finish the Reds’ first-half scoring in the 36th minute putting his side 3-0 up.

Salzburg’s comeback would begin just three minutes later, though, as Hwang Hee-chan fired beyond Adrián to make sure his side went into the break with hope.

Takumi Minamino and substitute Erling Häland would complete the Salzburg resurgence in the 54th and 60th minute respectively to give the Austrians hope of securing another three points in the group after putting six past KRC Genk on matchday one.

However, man of the match Salah would scupper their hopes by putting Liverpool back in the lead in the 69th minute. The Egyptian’s first goal was a case of good positioning as he found himself in the right place to tuck away Roberto Firmino’s rebounded header.

The No.11’s second would require more precision and composure. It also arrived courtesy of a Firmino header — Fabinho lofted the ball into the area where his fellow Brazilian nodded Salah through on goal, his half-volley beating Salzburg keeper Cican Stanković.

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The winger scored from two of his three shots on the night as well as completing five dribbles. While the former Roma man rarely has many defensive responsibilities, he also completed his only attempted tackle of the game.

Overall, it certainly wasn’t the Egyptians best game for Liverpool as he gave possession away on numerous occasions. However, his scoring abilities for the Reds has proven invaluable time and time again — and this was a match-winning performance.

Salah is back amongst the goals for Klopp and will hope he can add to his brace in this fixture with another goal or two on Saturday. The Reds host against Leicester City, third in the Premier League table and managed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

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