Liverpool take control of Leipzig tie

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Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against RB Leipzig
Salah’s goal was his seventh in seven games and takes him to 24 for the season – one more than he managed last campaign

Liverpool ended their dire recent run with a confidence-boosting victory over RB Leipzig to give themselves a superb chance of reaching the last eight of the Champions League.

Playing the away leg in Budapest’s Puskas Arena because of Covid-19 restrictions, the Reds struck twice in five minutes near the start of the second half, in both cases following defensive errors from the German side.

Mohamed Salah showed superb awareness to quickly latch on to a loose back-pass before finishing neatly.

Sadio Mane was then equally alert to take advantage of a fluffed attempted clearance from Nordi Mukiele to charge through and side-foot past Peter Gulacsi.

In what had been a fast-paced match between two high-pressing sides, the Reds’ greater experience and quality had started to tell before the break.

However, they were fortunate not to fall behind inside five minutes when Dani Olmo’s header from an Angelino cross struck the base of the post.

Having managed the game well after going 2-0 up, Jurgen Klopp’s side will defend their advantage at Anfield on 10 March, when they will be firm favourites to go one round further than they managed last season.

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RB Leipzig

  1. Squad number1Player nameGulácsi

  2. Squad number22Player nameMukiele

  3. Squad number5Player nameUpamecano

  4. Squad number16Player nameKlostermann

  5. Squad number44Player nameKampl

  6. Squad number14Player nameAdams

  7. Squad number8Player nameHaidara

  8. Squad number7Player nameSabitzer

  9. Squad number3Player nameAngelino

  10. Squad number25Player nameOlmo

  11. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

  1. Squad number4Player nameOrban

  2. Squad number9Player namePoulsen

  3. Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-Chan

Liverpool

  1. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
  2. Squad number23Player nameShaqiri
  3. Squad number76Player nameN Williams

Line-ups

RB Leipzig

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 22MukieleBooked at 6minsSubstituted forOrbanat 64′minutes
  • 5Upamecano
  • 16Klostermann
  • 44KamplSubstituted forHwang Hee-Chanat 73′minutes
  • 14Adams
  • 8HaidaraBooked at 5minsSubstituted forPoulsenat 64′minutes
  • 7Sabitzer
  • 3AngelinoBooked at 65mins
  • 25OlmoBooked at 76mins
  • 18NkunkuBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 4Orban
  • 6Konaté
  • 9Poulsen
  • 11Hwang Hee-Chan
  • 19Sørloth
  • 20Samardzic
  • 21Kluivert
  • 23Halstenberg
  • 33Martínez
  • 35Hartmann
  • 39Henrichs

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 19KabakBooked at 68mins
  • 14HendersonBooked at 81mins
  • 26Robertson
  • 17Jones
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 72′minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forN Williamsat 90′minutes
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forShaqiriat 72′minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 28Davies
  • 46R Williams
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 64Cain
  • 65Clarkson
  • 76N Williams

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