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Liverpool struggles to defeat a brave Red Bull Salzburg 

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We all enjoyed a seven-goal thriller at Anfield Road, one that Liverpool struggled to win against underdog Red Bull Salzburg.

After the painful defeat against Napoli, Liverpool had to go back to winning ways against Red Bull Salzburg this Wednesday.

The Reds were fortunate to play their second UEFA Champions League match of the season at Anfield Road in front of their fans.

This stadium is widely considered one of the unbreakable fortresses in world football right now, and the Liverpool players knew it.

The first half against the Austrian club was relatively easy, they didn’t struggle to score the first goal and played some spectacular football.

The man who opened the scoreline was non-other than Sadio Mane, who received another one os those brilliant assists from Bobby Firmino.

The Brazilian forward is the player who gives Liverpool the much-needed pause that the best football clubs require.

Mane received the ball between the lines and scored the goal with a low shot directed at the goalkeeper’s far post.

With the lead in the bag before the 10th minute, the reigning champions could control the game further and more goals were bound to come.

Red Bull Salzburg was obviously going to fight for the equalizer, which opened up more space for the Liverpool players.

The side corridors were especially clear for the two full-backs to maneuver.

Precisely Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson combined for the second goal, the Scotsman was the one who scored it after the cross from ‘Trenta’.

Just a few minutes later, Liverpool appeared to seal the result early in the first half after Sadio Mane found Salah for the third goal.

The Senegal international delivered a clinical cross from the left that Mo only had to push inside.

That was 3-0 for the Reds, the fans were going wild but the game was about to get weird for them.

Red Bulls Salzburg is known for having some very interesting world-class strikers who are relatively unknown.

One of them became the first player who dribbled past Virgil van Dijk, it was South Korean Hwang Hee-Chan.

The striker scored the one goal that kept the Austrian club’s dreams still alive, Liverpool got disconnected with this goal and they weren’t expecting what was coming for the second half.

The half time whistle was sounded by the referee, the Reds were still confident in scoring more goals but Red Bull Salzburg came to play at Anfield Road.

Not even the fans could prevent what was about to happen, this game made us realize we are before one of the tournament’s revelations.

Red Bull Salzburg truly is one of the underdogs at the start of this new edition of the tournament, and it took them only two games to prove it.

Salzburg’s Asian power is strong.

Liverpool wasn’t expecting what happened to them during the second half, Hwang wasn’t the only forward from the Asian continent who made a difference.

In fact, he combined with Japanese Takumi Minamino for Red Bull’s second goal in a gorgeous volley he connected after only ten minutes into the second half.

Goalkeeper Adrian wasn’t able to prevent this incredible strike, this put the Reds completely against the ropes.

It was about time for youngster Erling Haaland to confirm the hype around him, he silenced Anfield after scoring the equalizer after a clinical cross from Minamino.

Jurgen Klopp couldn’t believe what was happening, they needed a moment of brilliance from one of their biggest stars.

You could feel how stresses the fans were, they were silently watching the game and genuinely worried.

After too much stress for receiving two goals during the second half, Liverpool proved they are one step above Salzburg due to their stars.

Fabinho kicked a ball that appeared lost but Firmino caught with his head, only he could see the assist to Salah with so little time.

In a matter of seconds, the Brazilian left Mo alone in front of the goalkeeper with enough time to score the winning goal.

Regardless of the result, Liverpool had a taste of the true underdog from this season’s UEFA Champions League.

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