Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool lost control during their 4-3 win over RB Salzburg, having seen his side squander a three-goal lead at Anfield this evening.
As the scoreline suggests, it was a fascinating game on Merseyside as the reigning European champions raced to a 3-0 lead inside the opening 36 minutes thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.
RB Salzburg certainly weren’t phased by the deficit though, coming into the game having scored a whopping 58 goals in 13 games this season, and they quickly pulled a goal back in the 39th minute through Hee-Chan Hwang.
They weren’t finished there though, the Austrian side silencing the Anfield crowd by drawing the scores level with 30 minutes still to play thanks to second-half goals from Takumi Minamino and goal machine Erling Haaland.
However, it would be Egyptian forward Salah who would score his second goal in the 69th minute, with Liverpool managing to hold out for the remaining 21 minutes to grab their first Champions League win of the campaign.
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Speaking at the end of a pulsating evening of European football, Klopp said that his side lost control of the game after Salzburg altered their system.
“It’s better to learn the lessons during the game than talk about it after it,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“I thought we were outstanding in the first 30 minutes, then the Salzburg system changed and we lost the ball so that caused us problems.
“The momentum changed and it was really difficult to get a foot in the game. We had to wait until they had scored the third goal, then we were able to strike back.
“I’m not angry – I saw us play really well and try hard to get back into the game and score a really nice goal. You don’t need to score six or seven goals.
“[Salzburg] are a good side but the first 30 minutes we made it really difficult for them and played outstanding. I told the boys they want to enjoy the whole night and they will fight back.
“This is group is really difficult but we wanted the three points and now it’s game on.”