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Klopp explains why Salah baffled him in Liverpool’s win over Salzburg

Klopp explains why Salah baffled him in Liverpool’s win over Salzburg

Klopp explains why Salah baffled him in Liverpool’s win over Salzburg

Klopp explains why Salah baffled him in Liverpool’s win over Salzburg

Klopp explains why Salah baffled him in Liverpool’s win over Salzburg

Klopp explains why Salah baffled him in Liverpool’s win over Salzburg
Klopp explains why Salah baffled him in Liverpool’s win over Salzburg
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he had “no idea how” Mo Salah scored his goal after missing earlier “sitters” in their 2-0 win over RB Salzburg.

The Egyptian scored from what seemed an impossibly tight angle having missed a number of much simpler chances.

Salzburg were a match for the Reds in a very even first half, but the Champions League holders showed their class in the second period as Naby Keita’s header put them in the lead before Salah sealed the victory.

Klopp admitted to a tense first half, but was happy with how his side played, particularly in the second half.

He told BT Sport: “What a team. What an effort. It was a tough game.

“They started so direct. They did so many smart things. We were ready to defend it. It was a very tense game.

“In the second half they couldn’t cope with the intensity. We scored two wonderful goals. We could have scored six or seven which is crazy. We won the group, we won the game, all good.”

“First half, we had to put a proper shift in. When we had the ball we had sitters and didn’t score. Then Mo [Salah] scored the most difficult situation of the whole night – he scored that goal.

“I have no idea [how]. With his quality, how he didn’t score one or two of the others I have no clue.

“So many sensational performances. This kind of attitude, it’s great. A tricky one but we did it.”

 

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Spurs boss Mourinho ‘forbids image’ of 7-2 Bayern hammering

Spurs boss Mourinho ‘forbids image’ of 7-2 Bayern hammering

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho will give his fringe players the chance to impress in their closing Champions League group stage game with Bayern Munich.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier have all been left at home for the dead rubber in Group B on Wednesday, where both teams have already qualified for the knockout stages.

A host of players who have yet to feature with any regularity will get the chance at the Allianz Arena and Mourinho has challenged them to make an impression.

“One thing that I am not having is time, when I say time, I mean to know all my players well,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for some of them to play, for some of them to show what they are capable of.

“A player in competition is different to a player training, some of my boys didn’t have the chance to play many minutes in these five matches since I arrived.

“We try to mix a little bit these factors. We need to play for Tottenham, that is our responsibility but at the same time there are other things.

“We are going to have as you all know an incredible number of fixtures until the new year and I think it is understandable that we are going to make a few changes and we are going to rest a few players and give opportunities to other players.”

Bayern are confirmed as group winners, having won their first five games, including a 7-2 hammering of Spurs in the reverse fixture in October.

That was before Mourinho had joined the club, though he has watched the match back and has no intention of showing it to his players again.

“I forbid any image of it,” Mourinho said. “I watched it a couple of times: me, my staff and analysts try to go through every single aspect of that but not one single image for the boys.

“Not at all. We’re going to focus more on us than on Bayern. We’re going to try to develop our model of play, with different bodies, different phases, different players.”

Mourinho brings his side to the Allianz Arena, a place he might have managed after he was linked with the Bayern job before his Spurs appointment.

The Portuguese also learned German, to heighten speculation, but he insists he does not allow himself to pondering managing the five-time European champions due to his happiness at Spurs.

“I don’t imagine myself at Bayern Munich only for only reason: I’m so happy with my job, I don’t look to the next step,” he admitted.

“I think I will leave Tottenham one day, when the owner Mr Levy, eventually the supporters and the players wanted me to leave.

“Because I don’t think to leave at all. That’s the only reason I say I don’t see myself in such a big club like Bayern Munich.”

 

 

Despite Bayern’s dominance in Europe this season, they have struggled domestically, having lost their last two Bundesliga games.

They have admitted to becoming too reliant on Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 10 goals in the five Champions League games this season, and Mourinho tried to play mind tricks with his opposite number Hans Dieter Flick.

“He’s such a good player, he scores so many goals, he’s always there when the team needs him,” Mourinho said.

“Of course, they depend a little on him. Their coach thinks different to me I think.

“I left Harry Kane at home. And I expect Lewandowski to play? But maybe he gets injured and doesn’t play at the weekend. So it’s better he thinks twice and doesn’t play him!”

 

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Liverpool, Napoli advance in Champions League

Liverpool, Napoli advance in Champions League

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid early exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid early exit

Liverpool survived a tenacious Red Bull Salzburg side in Austria to book their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League, topping Group E. Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah scored the goals as the Reds came out on top of a thrilling clash.

Salzburg were far from shy at getting at Liverpool inside the Red Bull Arena, first getting a shot away inside a minute.

A breathless first half saw both sides have opportunities, with nine shots on target - the most in a first half of a Champions League game without a goal since April 2011.

But 100 seconds of high quality from the Reds before the hour mark saw them put the Austrian champions to the sword, a well-worked move resulting in Naby Keita heading into an empty net after goalkeeper Cican Stankovic came off his line to close Sadio Mane.

Mohamed Salah, having earlier wasted a hat-trick of goalscoring chances, then scored from the tighest possible angle on the byline after Stankovic again came rushing off his line.

A succession more chances went amiss as Liverpool controlled the second half with a professional display. But how did Jurgen Klopp's charges perform individually as the European champions made sure they'll still be in the competition in 2020? Express Sport rates and slates the Merseyside outfit.

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Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg - Champions League

Alisson - 7

Good save to deny Minamino inside first 10 minutes and came off his line to head clear soon after. Double stop to keep Hwang and Minamino at bay, as well as denying Haaland with his feet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold - 6

Volleyed over early on but sometimes caught out defensively. Lucky to see Haaland fire wide early in the second half. Then demonstrated what he's best at with a cross-field pass quickly becoming his trademark in the lead-up to the opening goal. Almost caught the keeper out with a free-kick, but only found the side-netting.

Dejan Lovren - 6

Great long ball in build-up to early Salah chance but followed by several wasted lofts forward. Struggled at times against Salzburg's pace and movement. Substituted off with injury, for the second game running, on 53 minutes and straight dow nthe .

Virgil van Dijk - 8

Plenty of physical battles with Haaland and some crucial challenges as the last man. Often there when his team needed him with the telling touch to prevent crosses into the box from leading to anything dangerous. 

Andy Robertson - 7

Got forward regularly but the crosses he was able to make dealt with by Salzburg. Drilled a long-distance shot wide after half-time when he might've been wiser to pass to Mane, but then a good touch and pass for the first goal. Some key challenges at the other end, deflecting a Minamino shot over the bar.

Jordan Henderson - 8

Marshalled Liverpool's midfield excellently and often in the right place at the right time to break up Salzburg moves. Great pass to force Salah's goal, bending one into space before Salah found the net after Stankovic sought to close him down. Worked well alongside Keita.

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit (Image: GETTY)

Gini Wijnaldum - 6

Disappointing from the Dutchman who allowed Salzburg to ghost past him through the middle a number of times. Good intervention to prevent a Minamino shot second half. Had a late chance but snuffed out.

Naby Keita - 8

Cute and clever with the ball and might've had an assist when he fed Salah in the first half only for him to fire wide. Then delivered the opening goal by heading in Mane's cross, his second in as many matches. His vision and creativity, the reasons why Klopp signed him, clear to see and also dropped the shoulder to beat his man several times with some good bursts. Subbed off on 87.

Sadio Mane - 8

Curled just wide after eight minutes and Liverpool's most lively attacker - forcing a good save with another first-half attempt. Great pass into Salah for one second-half chance. Got the assist he deserved when he chipped into Keita and went close to scoring twice again in the last 10, seeing one saved and another deflected over. Booked for dissent.

Roberto Firmino - 5

Below his best in the first half, lacking sharpness with his touch and gifting the ball away multiple times. Improved somewhat second half but still not to his usual standards. Stabbed wide at an angle and then subbed off on 75 mins.

Mohamed Salah - 6

Long looked like it would be a wasteful night from the Egyptian, only for him to score a gorgeous goal. He dragged wide from Keita's pass in the first half before firing over from a Mane pass. Then should've done better when he tried to round Stankovic in goal. After that, delivered a reminder of his quality, with a finish from an almost impossible angle. Did well to create another chance on his own second half but effort too central, allowing keeper to parry. Still marked down for how many chances he needed to score, as dangerous as his presence was. 

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Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit

Liverpool player ratings vs Red Bull Salzburg: Four receive an 8 as Reds avoid shock exit (Image: GETTY)

Substitutes

Joe Gomez - 6

On for the injured Lovren and helped keep Liverpool's first clean sheet on the continent this term.

James Milner - 6

Brought on to keep it steady and safe in the final 15. Did just that.

Divock Origi - N/A

Replaced Keita in the final stages.

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