Scientific early second-half strikes from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, each courtesy of dreadful defensive errors, proved decisive and go away the German facet dealing with a formidable job within the return leg on March 10.
The win strikes Jurgen Klopp’s males to the brink of the Champions League quarter-finals and in addition ends a run of three straight defeats that has left the English champions 13 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League.
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“It was a recreation we wished it was a recreation we wanted tonight,” Klopp advised BT Sport afterwards.
“Leipzig generally is a actual monster. The way in which they play within the Bundesliga they overrun groups, they are often actually bodily in all the things and tonight we managed them in an distinctive means.
“They’d their moments due to the standard they’ve however we managed the sport so tonight I believe we obtained the end result we deserved,” he stated.
The primary leg was moved from Leipzig to the Hungarian capital as a consequence of Germany’s strict Covid-19 journey restrictions.
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Regardless of the enforced relocation, Julian Nagelsmann’s facet, on a four-game profitable streak at house the place they’re second behind Bayern Munich within the Bundesliga, began briskly and virtually went forward on 4 minutes.
Marauding left-back Angelino teed up fellow Spaniard Dani Olmo for a close-range diving header previous Alisson however the effort solely rattled the submit.
Quickly after Angelino once more exploited area on the left however his left-footed volley skewed harmlessly throughout the goalmouth.
As a substitute it was Liverpool, striving to reverse their hunch and badly in want of a Champions League raise, who regularly created extra possibilities, typically benefitting from free defending.
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First, Salah, busy all through, compelled a block from Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi on the quarter hour.
Ten minutes later Mane, outjumping Nordi Mukiele, headed a Firmino cross simply over after the Brazilian striker and Salah had mixed nicely on the suitable.
Shortly earlier than half-time, Andy Robertson shaved the crossbar when his lob from distance virtually caught out the Budapest-born Gulacsi dashing again after making a clearance exterior his field.
Though Leipzig perked up on the restart with Alisson Becker saving from Christopher Nkunku, the German facet, had been made to pay for 2 calamitous errors early within the second half.
Within the 53rd minute, Salah pounced on a sloppy back-pass by Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer and ran unchallenged to easily slot previous Gulacsi.
5 minutes later, Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead in comparable trend, well ending after Mukiele had scuffed a clearance.
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“We made two large errors which might be punished at any degree,” Nagelsmann advised DAZN.
“Errors occur, we did not play badly and now we have to dwell with the end result, now we have to attain twice simply to take the sport (return leg) to further time, however we’ll attempt to do our greatest,” he stated.
With Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg sidelined by a knee damage and missing a talismanic goalscorer, Leipzig hardly ever threatened to drag one again.
Liverpool had been left to cruise to victory, protecting alive their hopes of silverware through Champions League glory this season regardless of their home woes.
“We had been for 2 years actually good after which this 12 months we had some issues,” stated Klopp.
“That is completely regular and I’ve no drawback with that. It is simply lots of people in all probability anticipated us to slide once more due to the state of affairs and the boys did not,” he stated.