Having lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, Liverpool were expected to slip up in their Champions League tie against Bundesliga title challengers RB Leipzig. However, the reigning Premier League champions secured a vital 2-0 away win to move a step closer to qualify for the Quarterfinal stage.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamad Salah in the second half helped Liverpool defeat a dangerous Leipzig side and take home a 2 goal advantage for the return leg. Speaking to BT Sport after their win, Jurgen Klopp admitted he was pleased with his team’s performance after a deflating defeat against Leicester during the weekend.
The Liverpool manager added “You can’t build mentality giants in one game – tonight we were good and we deserved to win but it’s only the first leg. A lot of people were waiting for us to slip again and tonight we didn’t. I’m really happy.“
“We were really good for two years and this year we’ve had some problems. It’s absolutely normal that the talk started, it’s absolutely normal, it’s fine. A lot of people would have expected us to slip again just because of the situation we’re in and we didn’t. That’s what I’m really happy about.”
“Leipzig can be a real monster. The way they play in the Bundesliga, they overrun teams and can be really physical, they are good at everything. Tonight we controlled them in an exceptional way – they had their moments due to their quality but we played a really good game. We got the result we deserved.”
“We defended situations really well when we won the ball and we found direction when we got the ball. The second goal is a really difficult ball for the defender to defend when the ball is arriving in this manner. You need a bit of luck but Sadio was there. For the first goal we pressed them really good and won the ball. On the whole, we defended really well, got good ball recoveries and executed attacking transitions.“