Salzburg v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Follow all of the build-up, action and reaction as Liverpool complete their Champions League group-stage campaign at Salzburg.
- Keita and Salah strike within the space of 100 seconds after half-time
Congratulations, @LFC! Best of luck in the knockout stage! #SALLIV #UCL https://t.co/0A2iqwqSsG— RedBullSalzburg (FC Red Bull Salzburg) 10th Dec 19:50
I don't think you'd find anyone who'd say anything other than Salzburg have been incredible hosts over the past couple of days - and they're even playing You'll Never Walk Alone inside the stadium now.
And here is how Group E finishes, with the European champions into the last 16 as winners...
Here's how Opta saw tonight's game...
Salzburg 0-2 Liverpool
Liverpool's defence of the Champions League will continue into the last-16 stage after they progressed from Group E as winners with a 2-0 success over Salzburg.
After an end-to-end first half at the Red Bull Arena, Naby Keita opened the scoring against his former club with a header from Sadio Mane's delivery.
Less than 100 seconds later, a Mohamed Salah wondergoal doubled the lead as he rounded the goalkeeper and found the target from an impossible angle for the European Champions.
Wijnaldum plays in Salah, who slides the ball wide of the far post.
Mane has a shot deflected over by Wober's flying block.
Divock Origi replaces Naby Keita.
Salah and Mane combine to open up Salzburg once more, but the latter's low shot is saved.
Mane heads well side from an Alexander-Arnold centre.
Good strength from Salah to hold off Onguene, but his eventual shot is parried by Stankovic.
Milner is on for Firmino.
Meanwhile, Okugawa has replaced Haaland for Salzburg.
Firmino stabs into the side netting after a give-and-go with Mane.
Crucial block from Robertson on a Minamino shot inside the box after a good opening for the home team.
Daka on, Junuzovic off for the home team.
Hwang shoots from 20 yards, but it's an easy take for Alisson.
Alexander-Arnold skims the side netting withh a free-kick from the left.
There were exactly 100 seconds between Naby Keita giving Liverpool the lead and Mohamed Salah doubling the score.
GOALLLL!!!!!!!!!! MOHAMED SALAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And it's 2-0!
Salah races onto Henderson's ball forward and beats Stankovic to it before finding the net with a finish from the tightest of angles - think Origi v Bournemouth in 2016.
Lovely, lovely stuff.
GOAL!!!!!!!! NABY KEITA!!!!!!!!!!!!
Liverpool are in front as they finally take one of their chances.
Mane blazes down the left into the area and draws out Stankovic before chipping a cross into the middle, where Keita heads it beyond defenders and into the unguarded goal.
Lovren goes down and needs treatment. He can't continue, so Gomez comes on to replace him.
Mane is booked for his remonstrations at not being awarded a free-kick.
Haaland now slams into the side netting.
Firmino slides Salah in, he tries to round the 'keeper, but Stankovic gets a big hand to the ball to push it away.
Another glorious opening for the Reds that they fail to take.
Salah meets Mane's through pass, but scoops over the bar from close range.
Haaland has a first-time swipe goalwards blocked by Lovren's chest.
Robertson drills a ball across the box, but no-one can meet it.
Off we go again...
Salzburg re-start the game.
Here come the teams for the second half...
And it's really cold here now.
Really, really cold.
As it stands at the half-way point of Group E's final matchday...
Here's how Opta viewed the first half...
Salzburg 0-0 Liverpool
An action-packed first half yields chances for both teams - the Reds with the better of them - but ultimately ends goalless in Austria.
Another good opening for Liverpool. Salah reverses a pass into Keita's run, who has a shot blocked at close range by Stankovic. The ball loops up back against the midfielder and behind for a goal kick.
One minute of added time to be played...
Ambitious long-range effort from Mwepu, but he catches it crisply. Alisson saves
Salah pings a free-kick over the Salzburg wall but the wrong side of the post.
Another big opportunity goes begging for Liverpool as Keita breaks the line and slips a pass to the unmarked Salah, who side-foots wide of the near post.
Robertson produces a crucial challenge to stop Minamino getting a clear shot in at close range.
Napoli now lead Genk 2-0 in Italy.
Haaland powers into the area and shoots low across goal, but Alisson blocks.
Liverpool try their luck three times at goal in the same move.
First, Mane spins his marker and has a low curler beaten away by Stankovic. Keita collects, steps inside and has a shot blocked by the 'keeper before Alexander-Arnold eventually hooks a half-volley over.
After a breathless opening with chances for both sides, Liverpool are beginning to see more of the ball and settle the game down.
Elsehwere in Group E...
...Napoli are leading 1-0 at home to Genk.
Mane is inches away from opening the scoring with a curler from the edge of the area which beats the 'keeper, but sails the wrong side of the post.
Now at the other end, a brilliant double save from Alisson denies Hwang when it seemed certain he'd score.
Now Mane works space for a cross, which evades everyone in the centre.
What a start to the game.
Liverpool almost go in front.
Lovren's long pass sends Salah into space, but his drive is beaten away by Stankovic.
Mwepu now drives a shot into the arms of Alisson from the edge of the area.
Liverpool yet to get going.
Szoboszlai scuffs a half-volley well wide after Liverpool cleared a corner.
Now Salzburg try to slide in Hee-Chan Hwang, but Van Dijk is there again.
Two big challenges in the opening 60 seconds from the No.4.
Salzburg have started on the offensive.
Haaland almost gets in after just 10 seconds, but he is barged out of possession by a brilliant Van Dijk challenge.
Here we go...
The talking is over with and we're under way.
Liverpool start the game. A big 90 minutes awaits.
Come on you Reds!
The teams are out, the Champions League anthem is blasting and we're moments away from kick off...
A big night in Austria awaits 💫🔴 #SALLIV https://t.co/KwCSIZSNub— LFC (Liverpool FC) 10th Dec 17:20
Liverpool have just emerged out of the tunnel to begin their warm-up with AC/DC belting out of the PA system. They receive a nice reception from the travelling supporters already inside the stadium.
Important message for fans in Salzburg
The last shuttles have now departed from Rudolfskai for the Red Bull Arena.
Supporters are encouraged to make their way to the stadium.
Here's how Opta predict the two teams will set up...
Tonight's team news is in! 🔥 #SALLIV https://t.co/nkioU2LUov— FCRBS_en (FC Red Bull Salzburg EN) 10th Dec 16:40
Liverpool’s teamsheet shows three changes for this evening’s crucial clash in Salzburg. One of which sees Georginio Wijnaldum restored in midfield, while there are also returns for Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Origi, Jones.
- Liverpool have never failed to qualify from a group in any European competition with as many points as they have now (10).
- The Reds have won each of the last 31 games in which they have scored the first goal, including the penalty shootout victory over Arsenal in the League Cup.
- Only one team, Napoli back in September, have prevented Jürgen Klopp's side from scoring in the last 29 matches.
- Roberto Firmino has played in 46 of Klopp's 47 European games in charge of the Reds.
MATCHDAY 💫 A lot on the line tonight. WE. ARE. READY. 👊🏾🔴 #UCL #SALLIV https://t.co/4FzC6K1Kdo— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 10th Dec 15:58
Incoming: Liverpoolfc.com official weather update...
Back by popular demand, it's the blog entry you all truly visit us for.
Yes, it's your Liverpoolfc.com official weather update, live and direct from Salzburg, Austria.
So, are you ready?
Of course you are.
It is a bitterly cold evening at the Red Bull Arena. The temperature is currently two degrees, but our sources tell us that could dip into minus figures come kick off.
It will, however, stay dry.
So, our advice: wrap up warm. Very warm.
Salzburg’s Red Bull Arena. https://t.co/h1dJodZCcR— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 10th Dec 15:32
Tonight's programme cover...
U19s comeback clinches progress
It's all over in this afternoon's UEFA Youth League clash between the clubs and Liverpool's U19s produced a stunning fightback - completed with practically the last kick of the game - to beat Salzburg 3-2 and move into the knockout stages.
Did you know?
Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the two players with the most Champions League assists are Roberto Firmino and James Milner with 11 each.
TV channels and live coverage details
Tonight's match will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK.
Extended highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 11pm GMT.
For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the game can be found here.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool's departure and arrival into Salzburg yesterday in the video below...
Work to do for the young Reds
Liverpool U19s trail 2-0 at half-time of their Youth League game here in Austria.
As it stands, they're heading into a play-off tie to determine whether they'll progress to the last 16.
'Haaland and Minamino are Salzburg's biggest threats'
We got the lowdown on tonight's opponents from Austrian football journalist Moritz Ablinger, and he told us that Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino are Salzburg's most dangerous players.
Moritz does, though, expect the Reds to prevail with a 3-1 win.
It's a big day for Liverpool's U19s, too...
The young Reds will begin their final Youth League group game against Salzburg shortly.
A draw would see Barry Lewtas' side top the pool and go into the last 16 automatically, while a defeat will see them head into the play-offs.
Liverpool U19s starting line-up: Winterbottom, Williams, Hoever, Van den Berg, Norris, Clarkson, Dixon-Bonner, Longstaff, Cain, Elliott, Hill.
Salah to emulate Gerrard?
Mohamed Salah is one Champions League goal short of becoming only the second Liverpool player to net 20 times in Europe’s premier club competition, after Steven Gerrard (who scored 30).
Watch part of the Reds' training session ahead of tonight's match...
'We're ready to play like it's a final'
So said Jürgen Klopp at last night's press conference.
"Everybody knows it's a final and we're prepared for that - Salzburg has to win against us," the boss stated.
"We are not a typical Champions League winner, we're still ambitious like crazy, we will go for everything and run for our lives.
"It's not that I expect us to go through, I expect us to play the best game we can play."
Liverpool Austrian supporters branch already on the ales at midday in Salzburg! 😁 #Salzburg #LFC https://t.co/8HNfPhwoAb— syelaw (Syelaw) 10th Dec 11:26
Liverpool last played a European tie in Austria in 2004, when a Steven Gerrard brace helped secure a 2-0 win over Grazer AK in Rafa Benitez's first game as manager - but can you remember the rest of the line-up from that night?
Test you memory below...
Last time out
Goals from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita and Salah saw Bournemouth comprehensively beaten on Saturday...
Back in black
Liverpool are set to wear their third kit tonight.
On the three previous occasions they've done so this season, they've won: away at Southampton, Burnley and Sheffield United respectively.
It'd be nice if that 100 per cent record continued at Red Bull Arena, wouldn't it?
Eat, rest, play...
That's what's in store for the Reds today, with the squad to have lunch at the team hotel shortly before resting up prior to heading to Red Bull Arena.
Hendo: It's amazing to play alongside Sadio
Jordan Henderson was asked what it's like to have former Salzburg star Sadio Mane as a teammate during last night's press conference.
"Amazing, of course, not only Sadio but every other player," the captain replied.
"We’ve got so much talent in the squad and Sadio has been outstanding for a long period of time now. He just needs to continue in that form.
"He is a fantastic person off the pitch, works really hard and dedicates his life to football. It’s great to see him doing as well as he can."
Where will tonight's match be won and lost?
We've picked out three individual duels we reackon could be decisive at Red Bull Arena. Click here to read more.
Did you know?
Jordan Henderson will play his 50th European game for Liverpool if selected tonight.
Liverpool edged a seven-goal thriller when they met Salzburg at Anfield earlier in the campaign...
Matchday 6 - and still work to do 👊🏻🔴 #UCL #YNWA https://t.co/toeCNZeQez— JamesMilner (James Milner) 9th Dec 20:12
And, after arriving in Austria, the European champions took time out to get familiar with the stage for tonight's crucial clash...
The Reds trained at Melwood before flying out to Austria on Monday.
Check out our gallery of photos of the session below...
TEAM! #UCL 🔥💪 https://t.co/iP7B693Nw9— VirgilvDijk (Virgil van Dijk) 9th Dec 14:56
Who's going to play for the Reds, then?
You'll find out confirmed team news here first at around 4.40pm GMT, but we already know a bit about the options at Jürgen Klopp's disposal.
Gini Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren are both fit and available, but Adam Lallana has not travelled and is out along with Fabinho and Joel Matip.
The boss told us on board the team flight yesterday that Lallana is expected to resume full training on Thursday.
Salzburg. #LFC https://t.co/I9sbMHZKUk— GlennPrice94 (Glenn Price) 9th Dec 20:18
UCL 🤩🥶 #AB1 https://t.co/8gNbxkKyDZ— Alissonbecker (Alisson Becker) 9th Dec 22:46
The boss and the skipper faced the media at Liverpool's pre-match press conference at Red Bull Arena last night.
Catch up with everything they had to say below...
What do Liverpool need to do to qualify?
Here's a quick run through of the Group E permutations...
- Victory would send Liverpool through to the knockout stages as Group E winners.
- A draw at is also enough to secure qualification for the Reds, but their final position would then be dependent on the outcome of Napoli’s home clash with Genk.
- If Napoli lose, Liverpool are guaranteed progress no matter the result against Salzburg.
- The Reds would be eliminated if Salzburg match or better the 4-3 victory Jürgen Klopp’s men claimed when the clubs met at Anfield and Napoli win.
- If Salzburg beat Liverpool and Napoli draw with Genk, leaving three teams on 10 points, Napoli and Salzburg qualify with a better head-to-head record between the sides.
- Whichever team finishes third in the group will go into the last 32 of the Europa League.
Check out the statistical tale of the sides' Champions League campaign to date below...
It's matchday - and it's a big one...
Liverpool meet Salzburg at Red Bull Arena tonight in something akin to a final.
If the visitors avoid defeat, they will progress from Champions League Group E. If the hosts win, they will qualify for the last 16 at the Reds' expense.
Stick with Liverpoolfc.com's live blog for rolling coverage of the build-up, action and reaction on a defining day in the European champions' season.