Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists no-one is panicking despite a crazy performance against Salzburg which saw them throw away a three-goal lead and almost cost them their first Champions League win this season.

Jurgen Klopp's side were cruising when Mohamed Salah scored the third in the 36th minute but a casualness crept into their game which was subsequently punished with some uncharacteristically lax defending.

When Erling Braut Haaland scored the equaliser - his 18th of the season - with almost half-an-hour remaining there was a palpable sense of disbelief at Anfield.

However, Salah came to their rescue 10 minutes later and, while Van Dijk admits they have to do better, he said the players did not share the concern of fans after the nervy 4-3 win.

"Of course everyone wants to panic and stress and maybe look for all the negatives but we shouldn't," he said.

"I'm not even looking at the negatives. We know we can do better but we are human beings and we can't always play the perfect game. Sometimes it happens.

"So far we are doing pretty well this season. We shouldn't forget that after one night where we were a bit disorganised.

"There's no reason for panic at all, we just need to relax, have a look at what can be better.

"Maybe it's maybe a good thing. We know we still have to improve, but we will.

"We will analyse it, and we have another tough game against Leicester on Saturday. But we have to be confident and keep doing what we do."

Sadio Mane opened the scoring

Liverpool's last two Champions League campaigns have not been without their ups and downs but both have resulted in trips to the final, last season culminating in beating Tottenham in Madrid for their sixth European Cup.

But rarely have those issues been at Anfield, where they have not been defeated in the Champions League since a 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in October 2014.

Van Dijk accepts they will have to face more adversity along the way but he thinks their previous experiences have helped in overcoming those hurdles.

"We know by now that we never give up. That's how we are. We stay calm, we know the opportunities we have if we stay calm and composed," he added.

"We were 3-0 up and very comfortable and we put ourselves in a bit of a tricky situation but we won, and that's the most important thing, especially in the Champions League, where not a lot of teams can compete.

"We have to grind it out. We have the three points and that's the most important thing."

Erling Braut Haaland made a quick impact at Anfield

Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland was happy to match the achievement of his dad Alf-Inge in scoring at Anfield - even if the result against Liverpool went against them.

The 19-year-old scored within four minutes of coming off the bench to make it 3-3, only for Salzburg to have their hopes dashed by Salah's second of the game.

In the build-up to the Champions League clash Haaland had been hearing all about his father's goal for Leeds in a 3-1 defeat in December 1997 so he was pleased to have done the same.

"Of course it was a dream come true to score at Anfield," said the teenager after scoring his 18th goal of the season.

"We (he and his dad) spoke a bit about coming here and I knew he scored here when he played for Leeds.

"He's always telling me 'I scored at Anfield, I scored at Anfield!' but I scored here so it went well.

"Now have the same number of goals here. Now I can say it back to him: 'So have I'."

Haaland had missed Salzburg's previous two matches due to illness so he was fully prepared not to start in the high-profile fixture but said he was determined to make an impact.

"I knew that I was going to start on the bench so I was just getting ready to come on for the second half and make a difference," he added.

"It was a fantastic atmosphere from the Liverpool fans but also our fans, who were amazing.

"It was a good game. We could have got a point but they scored after we equalised."