‘The coach got carried away’: Peter Crouch criticises Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch for celebrating too early after their three-goal Anfield comeback proves in vain
- Red Bull Salzburg had staged a magnificent comeback from three goals down
- The Austrian champions had Liverpool rocking mid-way through the second half
- Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch ran down the touchline to celebrate the equaliser
- But they couldn’t claim a point as Mohamed Salah scored a 69th minute winner
Peter Crouch was critical of Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch after he ran down the touchline following his side’s equaliser against Liverpool.
The Austrians had staged a terrific comeback from three goals down to level things at 3-3, courtesy of substitute Erling Haaland’s close-range finish, to stun Jurgen Klopp and the whole of Anfield.
Yet Liverpool’s blushes were spared when Mo Salah finished clinically in the box and after the match, former Reds striker Crouch believed Marsch was a tad premature in his celebration, which involved a sprint down the touchline towards his players akin to Jose Mourinho in 2004 at Old Trafford.
Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch was jubilant after Erling Haaland’s equaliser
Marsch sprinted down the touchline to celebrate with his team and the away supporters
The coach gesticulates to the away fans but was his exultation perhaps a little premature?
‘Just ridiculous to get it back to 3-3, it’s amazing. The coach got a little carried away to be honest,’ Crouch told BT Sport.
‘I can understand it definitely but he still had half an hour to go, so he might have regretted it.
‘I still fancied Liverpool because they were playing so well going forward but it got nervy.’
Peter Crouch commented he still fancied Liverpool to claim three points after the comeback
Salzburg’s third goal triggered exuberant scenes involving players, staff and supporters
Salzburg’s comeback started when Hwang Hee-chan’s neat turn of Virgil Van Dijk and powerful finish into the corner in the 39th minute narrowed the deficit.
And the Austrians came out firing in the second-half, as Takumi Minamino’s accurate volley followed four minutes later by Haaland’s tap-in completed a sensational comeback, in a style seen at Anfield last season when Liverpool fought back against Barcelona.
It proved in vain though, and Liverpool go level with RB Salzburg in Group E on three points after two games.