Liverpool were held to a shocking 1-1 draw against the Danish FC Midtyland in the UEFA Champions League Group stage
Liverpool travelled to Denmark having secured the top spot in Group D against Ajax last week. They rested several key players going to the clash against the team bottom of the group. The Reds got off to a flier when Mohamed Salah scored within 55 seconds to give them the lead. They then dominated the proceedings and had several chances to extend the lead during the first half.
FC Midtjylland came into the second half with renewed enthusiasm and piled on the pressure on Liverpool’s backline and got their lucky break when they got a penalty around the hour mark. They scored from the spot and tied up the score. Both sides thought that they had snatched the win only to be denied by VAR interventions.
Match finished all square at the end of 90 minutes much to the jubilation of the home team. The most telling stat of the night was perhaps that 39% of the action took place in the Reds third, while just 20% of it was in the Midtjylland third, according to ESPN’s match report. They finished the game with more tackles, more dribbles, and more shots than the away side.
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LIVERPOOL YOUNGSTERS WERE GIVEN A TASTE OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Leighton Clarkson made his debut for Liverpool last night and had a mixed bag of performance. Clarkson finished the game with a pass success rate of just 72%, as he misplaced several of them and his square passes were often over-hit or were too behind. He also had 10 ball recoveries in his Champions League debut against Midtjylland – more than any other player on the pitch. He had an all-action outing.
Kelleher who started his third Liverpool game in a row was solid throughout the first half. Barring the lapse of concentration which resulted in a penalty Midtjylland and consequently resulting in the goal. Klopp opted to introduce Billy Koumetio, who became the club’s youngest-ever Champions League player to partner Rhys Williams in center of the defense. It was a formative experience for the duo as both experienced a tough time dealing with Midtjylland players.