Liverpool demonstrated the best of Jurgen Klopp with their first two goals against RB Salzburg.

The Reds did look questionable against the Austrians, however. A 3-0 lead built up in a little over 30 minutes disappeared by the hour mark.

Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, RB Salzburg

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In short, Liverpool looked complacent and lacking before finding their winner at 4-3.

But despite all of that, we saw the team at its very best in that first half an hour. Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson got their names on the scoresheet but the whole team looked fantastic.

The first showed the brilliance of the front-three. Mane picked the ball up on the left, dropped a shoulder and drove into the middle. And pass into Roberto Firmino was naturally returned to perfection and Mane finished it.

Sadio Mane, RB Salzburg

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It was the explosiveness of Liverpool on show. They made a goal from nothing through pace, technique, and that wonderful connection the forwards have.

 

The second, however, was even better. Robertson had the ball and drove inside on halfway. He played a pass into Jordan Henderson and continued his run. Henderson then played a one-two with Firmino to lose his mane before bringing Trent Alexander-Arnold into play.

Andy Robertson, RB Salzburg

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Liverpool’s right-back needed to do one thing – deliver a perfect cross. He did just that, of course, and found Robertson in the middle who finished first-time.

The movement, the passing, the pace, the forward intent – it was Klopp’s football on show. Liverpool didn’t look flawless against Salzburg but they certainly showed off exactly what Klopp strives for.

Now we just need the same at the other end.

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