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Liverpool advance after second-half burst defeats RB Salzburg

Liverpool advance after second-half burst defeats RB Salzburg

Liverpool advance after second-half burst defeats RB Salzburg

Liverpool advance after second-half burst defeats RB Salzburg

Liverpool advance after second-half burst defeats RB Salzburg

Liverpool advance after second-half burst defeats RB Salzburg
Liverpool advance after second-half burst defeats RB Salzburg
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Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages with a win over RB Salzburg in Austria.

The Reds needed only a point to qualify, but the win has now put them top of Group E ahead of Napoli, who also beat Genk on Tuesday.

But Jurgen Klopp's side were tested in the opening stages against a young and spirited Salzburg outfit, who almost shared the spoils at Anfield in their first meeting.

Alisson was forced into making six saves in the first-half, with both sides mustering nine shots on target in total, the most in a Champions League group stage match since 2004.

Scores remained tied at 0-0 at the break, but Naby Keita broke the deadlock after 58 minutes to score his second goal in as many matches.

It only took 100 seconds for Mohamed Salah to double Liverpool's advantage, with the Egyptian scoring from an impossible angle inside the box.

Liverpool now turn their attention to Saturday's clash with Watford at Anfield where they will look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.



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

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

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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