With a make-shift defence, Liverpool survived two early scares. First, Aaron Connolly wasted a chance in the 10th minute when he was put through on goal by Neal Maupay but shot wide. Then 10 minutes later Liverpool right-back Nico Williams brought down Connolly in the box, but Maupay put his penalty kick well wide. Liverpool later thought it had taken the lead when Firmino fed Salah, who burst goalwards and poked the ball past Mat Ryan. But VAR ruled the Egyptian had been in an offside position.