Salah saves Reds' blushes in UCL

UEFA Champions League

Liverpool bagged their first win in the UEFA Champions League group stages on Wednesday evening, with an entertaining 4-3 triumph over Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield.

Following their opening day defeat to Napoli, the holders started with a slightly different back-four as Joe Gomez slotted in alongside Virgil van Dijk, with Joel Matip missing out through injury.

Liverpool capped off a bright opening with the opening goal nine minutes on the clock as Sadio Mane got involved in quick inter-play out wide to send in a bottom low finish.

The lead doubled 25 minutes in after Andrew Robertson arrived into the area to finish off Trent Alexander-Arnold's pin-point delivery from the right flank.

Liverpool took the initiative on 36 minutes as Mohamed Salah fired home from a rebound to grab the Reds' third goal after Stankovic could only parry Roberto Firmino’s effort. Meanwhile, the visitors pulled one back two minutes later through Hwang Hee-chan, who skipped past Van Dijk for a powerful shot into the back of the net.

Liverpool continued their menacing act early in the second half, but Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson fired blanks from close range. Salzburg hit a second in the 56th minute when Takumi Minamino fired home from outside the area following a floating delivery.

Zambian Patson Daka made way for rising star Erling Braut Haland at the same time, as the Germans upped the tempo. Within four minutes, the away side levelled as Minamino turned provider to Haland who applied a poking finish beyond Adrian.

However, Liverpool quickly re-established their lead after 69 minutes as Salah bagged a brace with a sweet curler from Firmino’s flick-on.

The Reds found further openings late on though Alexander-Arnold failed to profit, as the encounter finished 4-3 in the Premier League side's favour.