Liverpool is on track as they try to retain their Champions League title after their 0-2 win over Salzburg on Tuesday.
Liverpool finished on top of Group E with 13 points securing themselves a spot in the final 16 round. Napoli joins Liverpool in the next round having finished second in the group after their victory over Genk.
The first half of the game saw Liverpool’s defence being tested by an ever-hungry Napoli offensive. Luckily Jurgen Klopp’s side was able to hold their own and kept the game level at 0-0 as the teams went into the half-time break.
Liverpool erupted in the second half knowing that only a point would guarantee them progression into the next round, and 12 minutes into the second half their resilience paid off with two minutes of brilliance that saw the visitor scoring 2 goals.
Naby Keita put his team in the lead when he managed to connect to a cross from Sadio Mane and headed it straight into the Salzburg goal in the 57th minute of play.
Less then 2 minutes later teammate Mohamed Salah extended Liverpool’s lead to 0-2 with another fantastic goal that had the visitors leading with a comfortable advantage.
Salzburg was unable to recover from these devastating goals which reigned in an end to their Champions League campaign as the game ended with Liverpool winning 0-2.
An ecstatic Jurgen Klopp came out in praises for his team performance saying:
“And I love it, I really love it that my team is so smart that they listen and they put in a shift in like that. Salzburg was unbelievably strong, especially in the first half, but we as well were ready for that fight. We could have scored in the first half already, maybe should have scored. In the second half, it’s not easy to keep that intensity; we scored the goals, could have scored more but really massive respect for Jesse [Marsch] and Salzburg for what they did here.”
This will now be the third time in the past 3 years that Liverpool has made it past the group stages of the Champions League. we wait to see if just in the previous 2 years, they are able to make their way all the way to the finals.