Liverpool showed the stuff of champions in their 2-0 win away at RB Salzburg on Tuesday night, as two goals in as many minutes secured their route to the Champions League knockout phase.


Naby Keita put the Reds ahead, nodding in against his former club before Mohamed Salah put the game beyond reach with a stunning second goal from a near-impossible angle.

The Reds had to survive a spirited first half-performance from Salzburg but they showed a real clinical edge to clinch not only qualification but top spot in Group E. Jürgen Klopp's men's relentless pursuit of titles continues, however it wasn't plain sailing for the reigning European champions and the Merseysiders were made to sweat.


Let's go back to the beginning...


It was billed as a vital game for the Reds, and Liverpool's players knew the importance of progressing to the last 16.

But, at the start of the encounter, it was the hosts who appeared the more fired up and really took the game to the Premier League leaders.


Liverpool had Alisson and Virgil Vvn Dijk to thank for keeping out Salzburg in the early exchange while, at the other end, Sadió Mané came close to breaking the deadlock in a frantic opening ten minutes.




It was fast and frenetic. Both sides were relentless in their pursuit of the breakthrough, with Naby Keita particularly impressing on his return to his old stomping ground.


But the star of the show was the Reds rearguard, and the man widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world.



Then a HUGE chance fell to Salah to settle Liverpool's nerves...but the usually calm and composed Egyptian wasted a glorious chance.


On the stroke of half time, yet another golden opportunity fell the way of Klopp's men.


A new half but the same old story, another gilt-edged chance missed by Salah and Liverpool fans were starting to fear the worst.

Until...Keita, who had been impressive all night, turned up with the all-important first goal and all connected to Anfield could take a huge sigh of relief.


All of a sudden it was two. Mo Salah had his goal, and what a goal! So quick that certain fans were still celebrating the opener.

The forward had endured a pretty woeful night up until he produced a sublime finish. Almost touching the corner flag, the Egyptian somehow managed to turn the ball home and double the Merseysiders' lead. 




From then on it was comfortable for the men from Merseyside, the win appeared a formality and all could look forward to the knockout stages.


But not everyone was happy with the Reds success... better luck next time Erling.