Sport Football Liverpool edge Salzburg in Champions League thriller
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Liverpool edge Salzburg in Champions League thriller

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his side's fourth goal against FC Salzburg. Photo: EPA
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Title holders Liverpool bounced back in the Champions League by winning a 4-3 thriller against RB Salzburg while Luis Suarez’s double gave Barcelona a 2-1 win over Inter Milan.

Mohamed Salah grabbed the winner at Anfield with his second of the game after Liverpool wasted a 3-0 lead established in the opening 36 minutes.

The victory took Juergen Klopp’s side level with Salzburg on three points, one behind Group E leaders Napoli who were held 0-0 at Genk in a contest they dominated.

Suarez’s volley and late finish from Lionel Messi’s run rescued Barcelona against Inter Milan, who led through Lautaro Martinez, at the Camp Nou.

They are alongside Borussia Dortmund, who won 2-0 at Slavia Prague, on four points in Group F.

RB Leipzig lost 2-0 at home to Lyon, Zenit St Petersburg beat Benfica 3-1, Chelsea won 2-1 at Lille and Ajax won 3-0 at Valencia in other games.

Liverpool’s sixth continental crown in June was built on a semi-final comeback against Barcelona, when they overturned a three-goal first leg deficit.

But now the Reds lost such a lead as Hwang Hee Chan pulled one back before the break with Takumi Minamino and Erling Braut Haaland then netting by the hour for brave Salzburg.

There was little sign of what was to come early on as Sadio Made needed only nine minutes to score against his former club.

“To be honest, I knew how good Salzburg were as I was there for two and a half years,” Mane told BT Sport.

“They never give up and push and they caused us problems, but finally we scored more goals.”

Left back Andrew Robertson doubled the lead by turning in a cross from counterpart Trent Alexander-Arnold and Salah tapped in a rebound to have the hosts cruising.

And it was the Egyptian’s smart finish in the 69th minute, after Salzburg’s dramatics, which salvaged victory.

Barcelona are an indifferent fourth in the Primera Division and were under pressure thanks to Martinez’s third minute strike.

Messi started for the hosts in an injury-hit campaign but it was Antonio Conte’s side who were closer to getting another goal in the first half.

Suarez’s stunning equaliser in the 58th sparked the turnaround and the forward grabbed the winner six minutes from time after Messi’s incisive intervention.

“We know Messi is unique and clearly he makes the difference,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told Sky Sports.

“He wasn’t in the best physical shape, but he is improving and we saw his assist for the second goal late on, so he can’t be doing that badly.”

Chelsea won at pointless Lille thanks to a late volley from Willian.

The Londoners led through Tammy Abraham scoring on his birthday but were pegged back by Victor Osimhen’s header.

-with AAP