Liverpool returned to winning ways with a convincing 0-2 win against RB Leipzig on Tuesday. As is often the case in Europe, the Reds put on a show to assert their grip on the tie.
After the game, Jurgen Klopp gave his thoughts on the win, speaking to BT Sport’s Des Kelly.
“It was the game we wanted, the game we needed. Leipzig can be a real monster, they overrun teams, they are really physical and tonight we controlled them in an exceptional way. We played a really good game and we got the result we deserved.”Jurgen Klopp Speaking to BT Sport
Liverpool Took Their Chances
The first half was promising. Despite a bunch of missed chances, Liverpool dominated possession and looked increasingly dangerous.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane came close to scoring, although Leipzig had a chance of their own, with Dani Olmo hitting the woodwork early on.
Ultimately, two Leipzig errors settled the game. Just after half time, Salah punished Marcel Sabitzer’s stray pass to hand Liverpool a precious lead.
We defended the situations well. First goal we pressed really good.
Mane doubled their lead minutes later, taking full advantage of Nordi Mukiele’s unexpected slip to put the Reds out of sight.
Other than Hwang Hee-Chan’s late chance, Liverpool looked reasonably comfortable in what was built up to be a tricky contest.
Klopp on Recent Critics
Klopp has been under the spotlight lately, as a result of Liverpool’s drop in form. He addressed that and its possible effects on the squad.
“For two years we were really good and this year we have some problems, it’s absolutely normal. You cannot build mentality giants in one game. A lot of people probably expected us to slip again but the boys didn’t.”Jurgen Klopp speaking to BT Sport
“On a whole, [for] 95 minutes, we defended really well, good recoveries and good transitions. Really good game. It was a tough game with only two days since the last one. However, it’s only the first leg.”Jurgen Klopp on defending
Liverpool will be aware of the challenges Leipzig will bring to next month’s second leg. There is still uncertainty where that will be played; whether at Anfield or a neutral venue.
Regardless, an all round positive display from the Reds and very promising signs ahead of the Merseyside derby this weekend.