October 2, 2019

Mane joins Gerrard, Salah in UCL goal chart as Liverpool beat Salzburg

Mane, Liverpool, Salzburg

Sadio Mane joined Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Salah in an exclusive Liverpool goalscoring club after helping the Reds beat Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.

Mane scored his seventh goal of the season to give Jurgen Klopp’s side an early lead on Wednesday night before Andrew Robertson put Liverpool two goals ahead midway through the first half. Salah scored the hosts’ third on 36 minutes but Salzburg hit back before half-time through Hwang Hee-chan.

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Liverpool led 3-1 at the break but two goals in four minutes from Takumi Minamino and the highly-rated Erling Braut Haland stunned the Premier League leaders in the second half.

Salzburg were unable to maintain their momentum, however, and Salah restored Liverpool’s lead with 20 minutes remaining. The Reds held on for an important 4-3 win and, during the match, Senegal international Mane became just the third Liverpool player to score 15 Champions League goals, after former captain Gerrard and prolific forward Salah.

Liverpool’s win sees them climb to second in Group E, one point behind Napoli who drew 0-0 with Genk this evening.

According to Metro, the former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, reacting to the 4-3 win, told BT Sport: ‘It got a bit hairy but that’s a big win for Liverpool.

“Full credit to them for not panicking when it went 3-3. They finished strongly and that will please Jurgen Klopp.

“They were the better team overall and deserved the win but it was looking dangerous at one point.” Premier League leaders Liverpool face Leicester City on Saturday.