Liverpool have been disappointing during the Champions League group stage.
The Reds needed a late Dejan Lovren goal to salvage a point at home to Napoli.
Jurgen Klopp’s side must not lose in Austria against RB Salzburg or risk being dumped out of the competition.
Whilst this doesn’t sound very positive it actually is a good sign and here’s why:
Liverpool have reached consecutive Champion League finals over the past two years. In both group stages we preformed poorly and needed a result in the final game.
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Before falling short against Real Madrid in the 2018 UCL final we squeezed through the group. The Reds needed a result against Spartak Moscow to ensure safe passage to the knockout stages. Liverpool responded in emphatic fashion thrashing the Russian side 7-0 to top the group.
A year later we again left it late to secure qualification from the group. The Reds needed to beat Napoli with a clean sheet or by two clear goals to qualify. Mohamed Salah scored the goal to put us 1-0 up but it was Alisson Becker who took the plaudits with a sensational save late on to deny Arkadiusz Milik.
Let’s not forget 2005, before Istanbul there was the not so small matter of a last-ditch escape from Group A. Rafa Benítez’s side needed three goals after Olympiakos went 1-0 up at Anfield. Steven Gerrard completed the scoring during a famous 3-1 victory which saw us sneak into the later stages.
All this shows that although it doesn’t look great Liverpool are on track for another appearance in the Champions League final.
We may not make it easy on ourselves but we never do, its the Liverpool way.