Midtjylland 1-1 Liverpool: Much-changed group winners held
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Jurgen Klopp rested a number of key men and handed out two Champions League debuts as Liverpool were held in Denmark.

A much-changed Liverpool brought their Champions League group-stage campaign to a close with a 1-1 draw against Midtjylland.

Mohamed Salah looked to have set a Reds team featuring European debutant Leighton Clarkson up for a comfortable victory when he scored within the first minute in Denmark.

However, the spirited hosts fought back through Alexander Scholz's second-half penalty, and were perhaps unfortunate not to win at the end of a performance that belied their status as group whipping boys.

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With a starting XI showing eight changes from the weekend win over Wolves, the visitors might have been expected to make a slow start to proceedings.

Instead, they netted the quickest goal in their Champions League history, Salah latching onto Scholz's loose backpass and fending off two defenders before poking home with 55 seconds gone.

It would have been 2-0 shortly after but for an instinctive Jesper Hansen save from Diogo Jota's close-range effort.

However, Midtjylland responded well, Sory Kaba drawing a goal-line clearance from Fabinho with a back-post header before testing Caoimhin Kelleher with a powerful shot from a tight angle.

The hosts took that attacking intent into the second half, too, Anders Dreyer meeting a dropping ball to smash the crossbar shortly after the restart.

And they were given a deserved route back into the game on the hour mark when Dreyer was adjudged - following a lengthy VAR check - to have brought down by an onrushing Kelleher in the box, allowing Scholz to score from the spot.

Seemingly at the heart of every key event in the match, Scholz thought he had grabbed his second with a fine finish from a tight angle following a set-piece delivery but this time the VAR intervention went against the hosts.

Takumi Minamino thought he had won it at the end when he turned home after latching onto Sadio Mane's header only for VAR to rule it out for a handball from the Senegalese.

What does it mean?

Both sides' Champions League fates were already decided before tonight, with Liverpool through as group winners and Midtjylland unable to claim a place in the Europa League.

However, the Danes restored a sense of pride with their performance, claiming a point from an opponent who will be among the favourites to go all the way in this competition.

Williams shines again

Despite playing with different partners in each half in Denmark, centre-back Rhys Williams put in another impressive performance.

The 19-year-old completed more successful passes (46) than anyone on the pitch, made 10 clearances and won 9/10 aerial duels as Liverpool held off a late push from the hosts.

Origi looks lost

Divock Origi is likely to have to wait until the FA Cup rolls around for his next starting opportunity if Wednesday's performance is anything to go by.

The Belgian took just one shot, completed only 11 successful passes and lost possession three times as he struggled again.

Key Opta Facts

- Liverpool earned 13 points from their six Champions League games this season (W4 D1 L1); only in 2008-09 (14) have they earned more in a single group stage in the competition.
- After just 55 seconds, Salah's opener was the quickest goal Liverpool have ever scored in the Champions League. It was also the earliest of Salah's 171 goals he has scored for European clubs in all competitions.
- Midtjylland are the first team in Champions League history to concede a goal within the opening minute on more than one occasion in the same season in the competition (also against Ajax in November).
- Midtjylland attempted 20 shots against Liverpool; it was the most they have had in a single Champions League match, and the most faced by Liverpool in a group stage game in the competition since November 2014 against Real Madrid (27).
- Salah scored his 22nd goal in the Champions League for Liverpool (excluding qualifiers); he has now overtaken Steven Gerrard (21) to become the Reds' all-time leading European Cup/Champions League scorer.
- With an average age of 24 years and 26 days, Liverpool named their youngest ever starting XI for a Champions League game, with this their 128th match in the competition proper.
- Aged 18 years and 25 days, Billy Koumetio became Liverpool's youngest ever Champions League player, overtaking Miki Roque (18y 150d).

What's next?

Liverpool turn their attentions back to defending the Premier League title when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday. Midtjylland, meanwhile, visit Odense as they look to maintain their lead in the Danish Superliga.