(Liverpool – FC Midtjylland 2-0) Diogo Jota (23) and Mohamed Salah (28) secured the victory, but a worried Jürgen Klopp witnessed a new midfielder having to come out with an injury.
At the same time as Liverpool have got a perfect start to the Champions League in terms of points with a full pot in two games, there are some dark clouds over Anfield at the moment.
After half an hour, substitute midfielder Fabinho had to leave with a strain injury, and thus 19-year-old Rhys Williams was driven into the central defense together with Joe Gomez.
Joel Matip is also out with an injury, and Chief of Defense Virgil van Dijk is known to be long-term injured. If Fabinho stays out for a long time now, it will be jam-packed in the central defense. The hope is that Matip will reach this weekend’s home game against West Ham in the Premier League.
– This was the last thing we needed. Fabinho felt a stretch, and that’s not good. We will see, and know more about the injury after a scan, a worried Klopp told BT Sport after the match and added:
– It was a difficult match. Very hectic. Central Jutland deserves respect. They obviously learned in the first match (against Atalanta, editor’s note), and were very good tonight. They get my full respect for that, Klopp summed up to BT Sport.
Offensively, it was also shaky against FC Midtjylland, but Liverpool started with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino on the bench. Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino, and Divock Origi got the chance from the start – without impressing.
FC Midtjylland excelled, and in the opening minutes Anders Dreyer misused a huge opportunity when he came alone with Alisson, but after a bad touch he sent the finish straight to the Liverpool goalkeeper.
It was the only proper goal chance in the first half, and Liverpool did not have a single finish on goal during the first 45 minutes.
But after 55 minutes came the first finish – and the goal. Trent Alexander-Arnold played wall with Shaqiri before serving the ball perfectly to Jota. The Portuguese had an easy job putting the ball in the empty net.
It was his third goal after the transfer from Wolverhampton, and Liverpool’s goal number 10,000 in all tournaments. Jock Smith scored the very first goal in September 1892.