Liverpool v FC Salzburg: Live matchday blog
Liverpool beat Salzburg 4-3 in a thrilling Champions League Group E encounter at Anfield.
The Reds were 3-0 up through Mane, Robertson and Salah, but Salzburg pulled one back before half-time and were level by the hour.
But Salah's superb Kop-end finish sealed the three points for the European champions.
Mohamed Salah's post-match reaction
Our match-winner spoke to BT Sport after the game here at Anfield.
“I think they had a good game and after they scored three goals it becomes difficult, but we play again to win the Champions League, we focus on each game,” Salah said.
“It was tough second half but we won, so I’m happy for that.
“I think when we were winning 3-0 we needed to score a fourth and fifth and number six also, but it’s a little bit tough because the human mind thinks a little bit ‘OK, we’re going to win and score again and again’.
“They made it tough for us but I’m happy to score the fourth goal and we got the three points, that’s the most important thing.”
Liverpool are up and running in Group E after an action-packed 4-3 win over Salzburg at Anfield.
The European champions were in irresistible form for the majority of the first half and surged into a three-goal lead courtesy of Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.
The visitors pulled one back before the break, though, and then scored another two in quick succession to make it 3-3 on the hour.
However, the Reds responded and Salah sealed a vital three points with a clinical finish.
We're into three minutes of stoppage time.
A third and final change for the Reds, with Keita on for Salah.
Fabinho is booked for a professional foul that prevented a counter-attack from developing.
After a frantic first 35 minutes of this half, the Reds appear to be trying to take the sting out of the game by keeping possession as the clock ticks into the final 10.
Milner hammers in a shot from range which deflects wide.
Get in, Mo!!!
Firmino flicks on Fabinho's interception and Salah is there to fire high into the Kop-end net from 10 yards out.
4-3 to the Reds!
Liverpool are back in the ascendancy now and Robertson thumps in a cross that's cleared behind for a corner.
Just like at Sheffield United on Saturday, Origi's introduction means a change of shape for the Reds.
Mane has moved to the right wing, with Origi on the left and Firmino and Salah through the middle.
And now Origi is on for Wijnaldum.
An immediate change from Klopp as Milner replaces Henderson.
Haaland equalises, tapping in Minamino's cross from close range.
Salzburg take a quick free-kick and Minamino volleys in a cross from the left.
Wonderful work by Mane down the left sees the No.10 unselfishly square for Wijnaldum, who side-foots his shot wide.
A rapid counter-attack by Salzburg ends with Hwang failing to properly connect with his shot, which dribbles wide.
Adrian is caught out by Daka, who closed him down quickly after Gomez had played the ball back to the 'keeper, but the blocked clearance goes wide.
Check out the story of the half in statistics below...
Henderson restarts the game.
The Reds are attacking the Kop end in the second half.
And there’s the half-time whistle, with Liverpool leading 3-1 at the break.
The Reds were in scintillating form for much of that 45 minutes and raced into a convincing lead thanks to Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.
Hee-Chan Hwang responded with a goal for the visitors, but the European champions are in control at the interval.
Hwang pulls one back for Salzburg.
The No.9 dipped inside Van Dijk inside the box and finished well.
And there's number three!
Liverpool's front three are all involved as Firmino's header from Mane's cross is saved, but Salah reacts quickest to convert the rebound.
Relentless stuff from the Reds!
1 - Andrew Robertson is the first Scotsman to score for Liverpool in UEFA European competition since Gary McAlliste… https://t.co/r61YMmxGiK— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 2nd Oct 19:32
Good save, Adrian!
A rare foray forward from the visitors ends with Minamino shooting, but the Reds' 'keeper gets down to tip it wide.
Liverpool are rampant here!
Fabinho clips a lovely pass over the top for Salah, who had darted into the centre-forward position. He tries to half-volley home, but his attempt goes narrowly wide.
More stunning football by the Reds, with a brilliant team move being finished off by Robertson.
Robertson bursts forward and plays the ball to Henderson, who punches a pass into the path of Alexander-Arnold, who whips in a low cross that finds his onrushing opposite full-back to slam in from close range.
It sounds simple but that was absolutely fantastic from the champions of Europe!
Sensational link-up between Henderson, Firmino and Salah - followed by some mesmerising footwork by the latter - almost gets our No.11 a sight of goal, but Salzburg scramble the ball away for a corner.
The game has settled down a little now after an open start.
Liverpool enjoying the vast majority of possession - around the 77 per cent mark currently - but Salzburg look dangerous on the break.
That's a lovely goal from Liverpool!
Robertson feeds Mane down the left and the No.10 surges inside, plays a neat one-two with Firmino and then finishes with aplomb.
A good spell of pressure from the Reds there, but Alexander-Arnold's low cross/pass falls just behind Firmino as our No.9 looked set to be one-on-one with Stankovic.
Salzburg win the ball back high up the pitch and Minamino whistles a shot wide from distance.
An early attack by the Reds ends with Mane just under-hitting his pass to Robertson, who had galloped forward on the overlap.
Salzburg, attacking the Kop end in the first half, get us under way.
The teams are out here at a noisy Anfield.
Kick-off is just a few moments away.
Opta expect the sides to shape up like so...
Champions league nights at Anfield #LFC #YNWA https://t.co/4vDA1MbcZn— tatsdowie (Natasha Dowie) 2nd Oct 18:22
Inside the home dressing room
The European Champions are back at Anfield 🤩 #UCL https://t.co/6rEgFsrzya— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Oct 18:06
The European champions arrive...
Scene set #ChampionsLeague @LFC #LFCFamily https://t.co/Rce7KkTd4X— MCATEER4 (Jason Mcateer) 2nd Oct 18:01
1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ appearances for the Reds! 👊 #UCL https://t.co/r7SfeoslZ1— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Oct 17:57
Here is tonight’s team news! #UCL #LFCFCS https://t.co/wXSrrEdQHI— FCRBS_en (FC Red Bull Salzburg EN) 2nd Oct 17:49
It's goalless at half-time in the other Group E tie between Genk and Napoli.
Liverpool's teamsheet shows just one change that sees Joe Gomez come in for the injured Joel Matip, while Naby Keita is named on the bench against his former club.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Kelleher, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Origi.
#LIVSAL 🔜 https://t.co/cBZvTADOYI— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Oct 16:50
Apologies for the tardiness of our Liverpoolfc.com matchday blog weather update.
Let's remedy that immediately.
A hint of sunshine has emerged in the late afternoon hours on Merseyside but there remains a chill in the air so we'd advise a coat or jacket if you're heading up to Anfield later.
Our last @ChampionsLeague goal at Anfield was a memorable one... 🤩 https://t.co/7zhPDQ7cR7— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Oct 16:35
The manager's message
Jürgen Klopp expressed his anticipation for his team's return to Anfield in his matchday programme notes - and insisted Liverpool will have to be at their best both on the pitch and in the stands.
"We are back at home tonight after what feels like an extended time away from Anfield, but I'm certain it won't take us long to feel like we've ever been away," writes the boss.
"Our visitors from Austria will make loud noise constantly. Sadio and Naby have both spoken to me about how passionate their supporters are and told the boys they create a really inspiring atmosphere for their players. This is cool because I know in these moments Anfield responds with its best face.
"It's a Champions League game, under the lights, and the result is really important and significant. So there is a job to do for all of us.
"Let's do it!"
A reminder that tickets for tonight's clash are completely sold out.
Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel to Anfield.
Fans enrolled into the Auto Cup Scheme are advised to check you have a seat processed for this match.
Where might this tie be settled? We've picked out three individual duels to look out for, featuring Van Dijk, Henderson and Firmino - click here to read more.
- Tonight's match will be the 100th played at Anfield in the European Cup; the Reds have won 70 of the previous 99
- Salzburg will become the 76th different side Liverpool have faced in the competition
- An appearance for Georginio Wijnaldum would be his 150th for the club
- Mohamed Salah has scored 10 goals in 12 Champions League outings at Anfield
- Liverpool have never lost their opening two fixtures of a European campaign
Sentiment put aside for Sadio
It'll be a memorable occasion for Sadio Mane this evening as he faces one of his former clubs in Salzburg.
The No.10 is looking forward to the reunion but nevertheless wants to help make sure the visitors have nothing to celebrate at Anfield.
"Of course it's a special game for me," he said on Tuesday. "I was playing there for two-and-a-half years and now I'm going to play against them.
"They will be ready for me and I will be ready for them as well. I love the city and the club – before and still now. I will be really happy to meet my ex-teammates.
"But at the same time, I would love to win against them."
Champions League comebacks
Liverpool's last European game at Anfield featured one of the Champions League's greatest ever comebacks, of course.
And before the Reds return home in the competition tonight, we asked two of the stars of that remarkable win over Barcelona in May to choose their top five turnarounds...
🏴 Liverpool: won all of their last 11 home games. 🇦🇹 Salzburg: unbeaten in their last 8 away games. Who are… https://t.co/SEZjMj82Ck— ChampionsLeague (UEFA Champions League) 2nd Oct 13:02
Group E situation
The Group E table will have developed by the time Liverpool and Salzburg kick off at Anfield.
That's because the other game in the section this evening, which sees Genk host Napoli, gets under way at the earlier time of 5.55pm BST.
Anfield's last CL tie
The video below speaks for itself...
U19s in action
Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones both start for Liverpool U19s in their UEFA Youth League clash with Salzburg at 3pm BST.
Liverpool U19s: Ojrzynski, Williams, Van den Berg, Hoever, Boyes, Larouci, Dixon-Bonner, Clarkson, Elliott, Brewster, Jones.
Substitutes: Winterbottom, Koumetio, Longstaff, Norris, Clayton, Stewart, O’Rourke.
'Playing at Anfield will be a dream come true for me'
Salzburg's Patson Daka is a big Liverpool supporter and will realise a long-held ambition of his should he play tonight.
"With my first step on the grass of Anfield, a dream will come true," the 20-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com.
"I have seen so many matches on TV and I have heard so many stories about it.
"But the reason why we are here with Salzburg is to play successful football. We will do everything to score on Wednesday."
Click here to read our chat with the 2017 CAF Young Player of the Year.
Vitor Matos joins coaching staff
In case you missed it yesterday, the boss confirmed Vitor Matos has officially joined the Liverpool FC staff as elite development coach.
The 31-year-old arrives on Merseyside from FC Porto, where he served as assistant coach of the Portuguese club’s B Team, who play in the country’s second tier, in 2018-19.
He takes up the position previously held by current Reds assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders.
Speaking about the addition, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: "We’ve worked for a while on it. We had the idea that it makes real sense because we have so many outstanding, young boys.
“The situation is a little bit like this: if you are in pre-season, they are with us and we need them for training, for the games and all that stuff. But then the season starts and all the big guns come back and we don’t want to give them the feeling they are now a bit further away again.
“So we thought it made sense that they really get their specific coach again what Pep did years ago when I came in."
Let five young Liverpool supporters tell you all about their tales of last season's unforgettable Champions League journey...
A reminder of how Group E looks prior to the second round of matches...
Here's some early team news from both camps ahead of tonight's game...
Liverpool will be without Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri for the match.
Matip suffered a minor injury on the weekend, while Shaqiri continues to be sidelined with a calf issue.
While Alisson Becker is closing in on a return, the fixture will arrive too soon for the Brazilian goalkeeper.
For Salzburg, Erling Haaland – the 19-year-old striker who scored a first-half hat-trick against Genk on matchday one – was a doubt for the game, but is now in contention to feature.
Antoine Bernede and stopper Alexander Walke are both out injured.
If Firmino were to score tonight, he would become the first Liverpool player to find the net on his birthday since Daniel Sturridge, who finished against Manchester United at Anfield in September 2013.
Happy birthday to our brilliant Brazilian duo, Bobby and @alissonbecker! 🇧🇷🎉🇧🇷 https://t.co/VZskppTWCa— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Oct 10:00
Last time out
Liverpool continued their excellent start to the 2019-20 season with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the Premier League. Watch the highlights of the Bramall Lane affair in the video below...
Alex Manninger interview
Having played for both clubs, we caught up with the retired goalkeeper for a chat about tonight's game.
The Austrian feels Salzburg are finally where they deserve to be after years of disappointment in regards to Champions League qualification.
But they come up against a force in the form of Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool this evening.
Manninger told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's the whole thing. Reaching and being in the Champions League, getting the draw and the first [away] game is Liverpool. It's something special.
"I still speak to people from the club and I said to them, 'Look, you see the draw will make you happy and then you can prepare for the best team in the world'. It's meant to be for them. They did so well for so many years.
"A couple of years ago when I joined [Liverpool], I said, 'There's something big growing'.
"I said to Jürgen, 'Unfortunately, I'm out now because I'm too old but something big is coming here'. He did it. And it's still not over, I think, there's still things to come."
Keep up your spirits… no matter the weather https://t.co/Vnui4NXfAx— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 1st Oct 16:28
Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch conducted his pre-match press conference at Anfield last night as he looked forward to an encounter with the reigning holders of the Champions League in such an historic venue.
The American said: "Anfield is a special stadium. We have to enjoy being here, but it's important we are totally ready for the match tomorrow.
"We've talked a lot this week about how good Liverpool are. Position to position they have no weaknesses. It's important though we have no fear, play like us and go after them.
"We've been talking about our match plan a lot in recent days. It's not so complicated, we need to play our usual way with our usual intensity but be prepared that Liverpool can create great danger at any moment.
"Our team always responds well to new situations. I expect that tomorrow too."
🙏🏾👊🏽 @ChampionsLeague https://t.co/EH496IrdYs— _fabinhotavares (Fabinho) 1st Oct 20:39
Liverpool have been training at Melwood in the build-up to the encounter with the Austrian champions. Take a look at a photo gallery of the preparations below, while LFCTV GO subscribers can also watch exclusive footage from Monday night's workout...
⚽️⚽️⚽️ https://t.co/bvNZoZdcd3— MoSalah (Mohamed Salah) 1st Oct 18:06
Right To Play logo
Liverpool will debut a new charity logo on its Champions League shirt tonight.
In support of the LFC Foundation, the club’s official charity, and their partnership with Right To Play, the Right To Play logo will feature prominently on the back tail of the Reds’ European jersey.
Klopp and Mane preview
As a former Salzburg player, Sadio Mane aptly joined Jürgen Klopp at a press conference yesterday afternoon to preview the encounter. Watch everything the pair had to say in the video below...
Matchday. Under the Lights. Famous European atmosphere. The Champions of Europe are back at Anfield ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️… https://t.co/2PQO5FPxr4— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Oct 06:06
... and welcome to our rolling coverage of Liverpool's Champions League encounter with Austrian side Salzburg.
We're back in European action at Anfield, so stay with us for the best of the build-up, action and post-match reaction.