Liverpool coasted to a 2-0 victory in Hungary over RB Leipzig to gain the upper-hand over the two legs.
Far from over for the Reds but it is a great start for Jurgen Klopp’s side a welcome sight after a poor run of form.
All over the pitch, Liverpool dominated from front to back. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané pounced on two mistakes firstly from Marcel Sabitzer and then Nordi Mukele.
Overall a professional performance for the Reds as they controlled possession.
Although Julian Nagelsmann’s side were wasteful with three golden opportunities squandered.
Dani Olmo rattled the post from a diving header and in the second half Christopher Nkunku was brilliantly denied before in the dying moments of the game substitute Hee-Chan Hwang squandered a chance to pull a goal back.
With the second leg three weeks away (10 March), Liverpool have a two goal advantage with the away goal ruling in their favour for the return leg.
It was just one change from the side that saw a seven-minute collapse against Leicester City on Saturday.
Thiago was drafted in following James Milner’s muscle injury that he suffered within the first half an hour at the King Power Stadium.
The win ends a run of three consecutive defeats, however that run of form still stands in the league.
It has been said that the Reds best chance to secure European football for next season is by winning the Champions League.
Wouldn’t it be fitting if they did so in the same stadium that they had made it five times 16 years years before?
With great performances across the pitch, it was hard to pick the official man of the match.
We narrowed it down to Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Curtis Jones, Ozan Kabak and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool Man of The Match: Curtis Jones
The Reds number 17 was voted the Liverpool man of the match for his controlling midfield display.
He orchestrated attacks and defended from the front, even managing an assist for the Premier League champions.
Passing Accuracy: 81%
Duels won: 6