Liverpool 2-0 RB Leipzig: The Verdict

Stephen Killen

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Upamecano; Adams, Haidara, Kampl, Angelino; Nkunku, Olmo, Sabitzer.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Jones, Thiago; Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Goals: 53′ Salah, 58′ Mane
Subs: 64′ Poulsen & Orban (on for Mukele & Haidara); 72′ Shaqiri & Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Firmino & Thiago), N.Williams (on for TAA)
Bookings: 5′ Mukele, 5′ Haidara, 51′ Unkunku, 64′ Angelino, 76′ Olmo; 67′ Kabak, 81′ Henderson

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Liverpool seemingly have one foot in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane fire the Reds to a 2-0 win and with the all important away goals.

Salah pounced on Marcel Sabitzer’s poor pass and made no mistake in firing beyond Peter Gulacsi.

Just five minutes later, it was two. Nordi Mukele was made to rue his mistake as Mane got a vital second away goal.

A Liverpool Dominated First Half but Leipzig have the best chance

Liverpool were almost behind inside five minutes as Dani Olmo’s header crashed off the inside of the post as Angelino found space on the far side.

The Reds began to find their feet in the game finding space in behind the Leipzig defence.

Two chances fell for the visitors in quick succession as Alexander-Arnold threaded through Salah but was denied by Gulacsi before Firmino found space and fired into the side-netting.

Liverpool enjoyed the vast majority of possession in the first half stamping out any possibility of Leipzig momentum.

PositivesNegatives
Liverpool worked well in the first half, putting the Leipzig players under pressure.In the early stages lacking that clinical final pass, Salah on two occasions just misplacing the key pass.
Enjoyed the freedom in behind the Red Bull defence with Salah and Mane finding space.
The midfield combined well, dictating the opening 20 minutes, not allowing Leipzig to gain momentum. Thiago and Curtis Jones utilised the pockets and feeding the full-backs when needed.
A very, very good first half. Pressure forced Leipzig to be careless in possession. It was a very well rounded first half, front to back. Slightly nervous at the beginning but they played their way into the game.
First Half Reflection

Liverpool Make Chances Pay

Christopher Nkunku nearly fired the hosts in front but Alisson brilliantly denied the Frenchman.

Salah capitalised on a poor pass from the Leipzig skipper and bearing down on Gulacsi, the Egyptian made no mistake in finding the back of the net.

Before long the visitors doubled their lead. Mukele misjudged the flight of ball which left Mane with the freedom of Budapest and he, too, had no problem in making it two.

Richly deserved for a previously confidence sapped Liverpool, cashing in on their fortune.

PositivesNegatives
Big, big goal from Mo Salah. Thoroughly deserved for Liverpool.
It was a joy to see Mane back on the scoresheet.
A very professional second-half performance from the Reds, especially after going two goals up.
Second Half Reflection

LFC Transfer Room Verdict

Following the game, we asked LFCTR Writers; Priyasha and Ritchie for their match reaction.

Priyasha’s Verdict:

Priyasha was overjoyed upon the full-time whistle, she said: “What a well rounded performance!

“Solid at the back, and promising in attack. I am not THAT convinced though, seeing our two goals came through Leipzig mistakes.

Even so, we were clearly the better team. Mo continues his great form, Mane finally got a goal to boost his confidence, Thiago was great as well and Kabak looked very comfortable in defence.

Over all, very happy with the game, with two away goals too!”

Ritchie’s Verdict:

Ritchie was pleased with a professional 2-0 win, he said: “Outstanding performance and well deserved result. Clinically taken goals from Salah (118 goals now) and Mané have given us a great advantage to progress.

“Thought we dropped off when Firmino and Thiago left the pitch but it was job done by then.”

Curtis Jones is 20 years old, let that sink in! Thought Kabak looked solid too and hopefully a sign of things to come. On to the next one; and they all thought we were dead!

“Up the Reds.”

Stephen’s Verdict:

I wasn’t expecting that, I expected a reaction but bar their two chances in either half, I didn’t think we would control the game as we did.

Rather fortunate to capitalise on two mistakes but luck has finally seemed to swing in our favour.

What a complete performance. Everyone on that pitch was outstanding, we had that confidence back. The passing had that extra fizz, the tackling had more grit and determination.

Step by step, bit by bit, we can get on our way. We thought we had turned a corner after Spurs and West Ham but now it’s time to dig deep and get the results in the league.

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