Liverpool takes down Midtjylland in tough Champions League showdown

It didn't come easy for Liverpool, but the Reds were able to leave Anfield on Tuesday evening with a hard-fought 2-0 Champions League victory over FC Midtjylland. 

The two teams entered the halftime break tied at 0-0, but a Diogo Jota goal in the 55th minute got Liverpool going and provided a much-needed spark for the club. Mohamed Salah then added a late goal for the Reds. 

In the first half, Midtjylland had several chances to gain an early lead, but the Liverpool FC defense stayed strong. Meanwhile, Liverpool looked quite a bit off, with the team not recording a single shot on target. That's simply not the Reds way, and fans never expect that to happen. 

Jurgen Klopp decided to rest several starters in the first half, leaving Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on the bench to open things up. You could tell just how much LFC missed them on the pitch, as the usual electric ways for Liverpool FC were not present in the first half. 

In the second half, though, LFC wasted virtually no time in jumping on top. In the 55th minute, a brilliant give-and-go between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Xherdan Shaqiri set up a smooth pass from Alexander-Arnold to Jota, who tapped the ball into the back of the net with ease. 

It was a beautiful play by LFC, with Jota doing what he was brought in to do: finish easy opportunities. Then in stoppage time, Salah put the finishing touches on things, earning a penalty kick and then converting from the spot to give LFC its 2-0 victory. 

And win the win on Tuesday, Liverpool is now a perfect 2-0 in its first two Champions League matches. They're also at the top of the Group D standings. 

Next up for the Reds will be an English Premier League showdown against West Ham on Saturday. Then next Tuesday, they'll take on Atalanta in another Champions League Group D tilt.