Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was thrilled after watching his side book their place in the Champions League last 16 after winning in Salzburg.
The Reds, who needed at least a point to progress, were on the ropes at times against attacking opposition in an open first half.
But from the moment Naby Keita headed in Sadio Mane’s cross, there was only going to be one winner.
Mohamed Salah clinched victory 100 seconds later with an excellent finish from an acute angle.
After the game, Klopp 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 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.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool have watched and made contact with 20-year-old Fluminense striker Evanilson as they look to beef up their squad next month, according to a second source in the Brazilian media.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is understood to be seeking reinforcements up front as the club build up for what they hope will be a push for four trophies in the second half of the season. As a result, over the weekend it was claimed Evanilson was the man Liverpool wanted.
The forward could be available for nothing with his contract expiring in February 2020 – making his capture a low-risk gamble for Liverpool to take.
And with Brazilian outlet Netflu claiming Liverpool had watched him in action, a second source in the country, UOL, now claims the Reds have made contact with the player’s representatives over a potential switch to Anfield in the new year. Read more…