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Mohamed Salah makes history yet again as Liverpool get part one of their revenge on Atletico Madrid

Back in 2019 Mohamed Salah stepped up to the penalty spot after two minutes in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano. 

He smashed the ball home.

Two years later at the same end in totally different circumstances he stepped up again.

This time he rolled it home as he made sure Liverpool got the three points to take back with them.

Those three points has the six-time European champions sitting pretty at the top of Group B. 

A lot happened before we got to that point though, enough for people to dub it a ‘Champions League classic.’

In the first eight minutes it seemed that Liverpool would be strolling to a classic of their own as Salah had got another goal by wiggling his way past several defenders before unleashing a shot which found its way in via a deflection.

The strike was eventually given to the Egyptian which meant he made history for The Reds as with that goal he is now the first Liverpool player to ever score in nine consecutive matches.

With 16 goals and assists in his first 11 games this season Salah is looking likely to have his best ever campaign which is scary, for every other team in Europe.

Five minutes after he started the scoring the away fans were once again in bedlam as Naby Keita done what he did against Crystal Palace and lashed the ball in the top corner on the edge of the box.

It was a phenomenal goal and it would appear that Jurgen Klopp could relax.

But this is Liverpool and you never can.

Antoine Griezmann got two before the half-time break to even things up with Keita being the main culprit for both goals.

He was beaten far too easily in the build-up on each occasion and he seemed to be struggling defensively which Klopp obviously saw as he substituted him for Fabinho at half-time.

It is Keita’s fourth season as a Liverpool player and in that first half he summed up his time at the club so far.

A flash of why he can be so good and then why he can be so frustrating.

If he can stay fit though it is hard to not see him playing a pivotal role this season and when Fabinho is behind him he certainly won’t look as exposed as he did last night, so the negativity surrounding him is a bit much.

Atletico could not build on their momentum in the second half as Fabinho’s introduction helped Liverpool get a grip on the game.

Griezmann’s red card for booting Roberto Firmino in the face also helped.

Accidental of course but ludicrous that the decision was even debated amongst pundits and fans.

The winner from Salah was a blatant penalty as Mario Hermoso rugby tackled Diogo Jota off the ball. 

It was one of the coolest spot kicks you will see but the drama of course could not stop there as Diego Simeone’s side got awarded one too shortly after.

However, all credit must go to the referee, Daniel Siebert, as he overturned the decision which seemed fair as Jose Gimenez was certainly looking for the foul.

The final whistle blew, and the camera panned to Simeone running away from Klopp down the tunnel.

No handshake, no acknowledgment to the other man in the dugout showed a serious lack of class which will have made the revenge even sweeter.

We have all this again in two weeks and that is when Liverpool supporters will be hoping the revenge will be complete.

Adrian was in goal two seasons ago when these sides met at Anfield.

Last night Alisson showed exactly why Liverpool win the game if he was not injured.

The man of the match last night and rightly so.

A chaotic victory which will have made it that more fun.

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