Liverpool survives scare, Willian hands Lampard victory


Liverpool surrendered a three-goal lead but eventually prevailed 4-3 against a resolute Red Bull Salzburg as Jurgen Klopp’s side kick-started their defence of the Champions League in chaotic fashion at Anfield.

The hosts appeared to be cruising after Sadio Mane’s ninth-minute opener was followed by a fine second from Andrew Robertson (25) and Mohamed Salah’s tap-in (36), but Hee-Chan Hwang reduced the deficit before half-time (39).

But with Anfield silenced, Salah (69) ensured Liverpool’s blushes were spared as the forward collected Roberto Firmino’s flick-on to ensure the defending champions secured their first three points in Group E.

Meanwhile, Willian handed Frank Lampard his first Champions League victory through a wonderful late volley as Chelsea beat Lille 2-1 on Wednesday.

Birthday boy Tammy Abraham’s eighth goal of the season handed Chelsea the lead midway through the first half, but 20-year-old Victor Osimhen drew Lille level before the break with his seventh goal for the Ligue 1 club.

Kepa Arrizabalaga bailed Chelsea out with a string of saves in the second period as Lille pushed for a winner in front of an expectant home crowd.

But the night belonged to Chelsea as Willian marked his 300th appearance for the club with a stunning volley from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross to get Lampard’s side off the mark in Champions League Group H.


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