World coach Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool FC have averted the threat of embarrassing preliminary round-off sovereign and even qualified as a group winners for the knockout stages of the Champions League. The defending champion prevailed 2: 0 (0-0) in an intense encounter with outsiders RB Salzburg and strikes on the way to the final on 30 May in Istanbul initially on a supposedly easier opponent. A new edition of the previous year's duel with Bayern Munich in the first knockout round is excluded, because even the German record champion has won his Group B. Liverpool prevailed as the winner of Season E before SSC Naples. Salzburg, which was the first team from Austria to reach the round of 16, will spend the winter in the Europa League.
The former Leipzig and Salzburg Naby Keita with a header (57th) and Mohamed Salah with an art shot almost from the goal line (58th) made Klopp celebrate their lightning strike. RB youngster Erling Haaland went for the first time in the Champions League empty. Only 192 days after the triumph of Madrid Klopp threatened against brave Austrians as only second defending champion after Chelsea in the 2012/13 season, the preliminary round-off. Accordingly, the former Dortmunder gave on the sidelines as usual everything. He drove on, cheered and – if need be – he talked to the Fourth Official or the Assistant Referee. The goals of his Elf cheered Klopp as always hilarious. "We are not Barca or Real" The hosts pulled in their "game of games" at least off the court all the stops. "We are not Barca or Real, but we are ready for our damn dream! Des is Soizburg!" Was the choreography in white on blue banners, the 29,520 fans in the sold out arena sang to the classic "I am from Austria" When the Champions League anthem rang out, Haaland had a grin on his face, and after 15 seconds he plunged into the first duel against world star Virgil van Dijk – and lost him. The scene set the tone for a very fast-paced encounter in which it went up and down. Klopp built especially on quick counterattacks, Salzburg held with much passion, but also footballing accents against. Salah had the early lead on the foot (5th). Liverpool were lucky when shortly after a hand-held game by captain Jordan Henderson in his own penalty area was unpunished. The most striking guest pro was the formidable ex-Salzburg Sadio Mané, who missed good chances (8/20), but the leadership prepared by flank. The highly acclaimed Haaland, who had previously met in all games, tested Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson in the 24 Minute first. Shortly after the break, he forgot the possible 1-0 (51.). Then Liverpool turned on – and Klopp was once again able to show his famous cheering fists.Milik puts on a flawless hat-trickThe SSC Naples to the former Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti meanwhile secured by 4-0 (3: 0) against the Belgian champions KRC Genk In the time-honored Stadio San Paolo, former Leverkusen-based Arkadiusz Milik (3/26/38, penalty) paved the way for the Azzurri's first win with a hat-trick after nine recent winless matches. It was the fastest hat-trick since kick-off since Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 3-1 draw against RSC Anderlecht in October 2013. Belgian striker Dries Mertens (75th, hand penalty) continued to bump up. Maarten Vandevoordt's side, since Tuesday at 17 years and 287 days the youngest goalkeeper ever to feature in the premier class got an unfortunate evening. Before the first goal he pushed Milik the ball at his feet, then he owed the penalty before the 0: 3.