It was anything but smooth sailing, yet Liverpool still managed to earn their first win in defence of their Champions League crown after seeing off Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday night.
In typical Anfield fashion, the Reds started like a house on fire, racing into a three-goal lead the only way they know how, with scintillating forward play and devastating finishing.
47 - Since the start of the 2017-18 season, there have been 47 goals scored in Champions League games at Anfield - seven more than at any other venue. Chaotic. pic.twitter.com/M4EVZqZTaF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 2, 2019
Sadio Mane got the ball rolling with a trademark strike that involved neat build-up play and precise finishing, before Andrew Robertson followed suit after being set up by fellow full back Trent Alexander-Arnold because, well, that's just what Liverpool do.
Unwilling to miss out, Mohamed Salah then got in on the act with the result looking a formality at this point, although the scoreline was expected to rise significantly from there. It did, but not the way the hosts wanted, as Salzburg 'did a Liverpool' by coming from behind to stun Jurgen Klopp's side and level matters.
Salah did what Salah does best, however, scoring once again the Champions League to ease the tension around Anfield and, in doing so, extending the ridiculous winning record the Reds have at home.
Courtesy of Opta, Liverpool have now won their last 12 matches at home in all competitions,
Liverpool have taken 99 points from their last 38 games, a new club record. Up the Reds.— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) September 28, 2019
Source : 90min