Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against RB Leipzig
Salah’s goal was his seventh in seven games and takes him to 24 for the season – one more than he managed last campaign

Liverpool ended their dire recent run with a confidence-boosting victory over RB Leipzig to give themselves a superb chance of reaching the last eight of the Champions League.

Playing the away leg in Budapest’s Puskas Arena because of Covid-19 restrictions, the Reds struck twice in five minutes near the start of the second half, in both cases following defensive errors from the German side.

Mohamed Salah showed superb awareness to quickly latch on to a loose back-pass before finishing neatly.

Sadio Mane was then equally alert to take advantage of a fluffed attempted clearance from Nordi Mukiele to charge through and side-foot past Peter Gulacsi.

In what had been a fast-paced match between two high-pressing sides, the Reds’ greater experience and quality had started to tell before the break.

However, they were fortunate not to fall behind inside five minutes when Dani Olmo’s header from an Angelino cross struck the base of the post.

Having managed the game well after going 2-0 up, Jurgen Klopp’s side will defend their advantage at Anfield on 10 March, when they will be firm favourites to go one round further than they managed last season.

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RB Leipzig

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameGulácsi

    Average rating

    4.96

  2. Squad number22Player nameMukiele

    Average rating

    4.53

  3. Squad number5Player nameUpamecano

    Average rating

    4.38

  4. Squad number16Player nameKlostermann

    Average rating

    4.66

  5. Squad number44Player nameKampl

    Average rating

    4.64

  6. Squad number14Player nameAdams

    Average rating

    4.73

  7. Squad number8Player nameHaidara

    Average rating

    4.61

  8. Squad number7Player nameSabitzer

    Average rating

    4.73

  9. Squad number3Player nameAngelino

    Average rating

    5.29

  10. Squad number25Player nameOlmo

    Average rating

    4.93

  11. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

    Average rating

    4.87

Substitutes

  1. Squad number4Player nameOrban

    Average rating

    4.38

  2. Squad number9Player namePoulsen

    Average rating

    4.45

  3. Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-Chan

    Average rating

    5.12

Liverpool

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.48

  2. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    7.80

  3. Squad number19Player nameKabak
    Average rating

    7.92

  4. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    7.91

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    8.03

  6. Squad number17Player nameJones
    Average rating

    7.84

  7. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
    Average rating

    7.61

  8. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    7.44

  9. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    8.39

  10. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    7.68

  11. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    8.32

Substitutes

  1. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
    Average rating

    6.95

  2. Squad number23Player nameShaqiri
    Average rating

    6.95

  3. Squad number76Player nameN Williams
    Average rating

    6.64

Line-ups

RB Leipzig

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 22MukieleBooked at 6minsSubstituted forOrbanat 64′minutes
  • 5Upamecano
  • 16Klostermann
  • 44KamplSubstituted forHwang Hee-Chanat 73′minutes
  • 14Adams
  • 8HaidaraBooked at 5minsSubstituted forPoulsenat 64′minutes
  • 7Sabitzer
  • 3AngelinoBooked at 65mins
  • 25OlmoBooked at 76mins
  • 18NkunkuBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 4Orban
  • 6Konaté
  • 9Poulsen
  • 11Hwang Hee-Chan
  • 19Sørloth
  • 20Samardzic
  • 21Kluivert
  • 23Halstenberg
  • 33Martínez
  • 35Hartmann
  • 39Henrichs

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 19KabakBooked at 68mins
  • 14HendersonBooked at 81mins
  • 26Robertson
  • 17Jones
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 72′minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forN Williamsat 90′minutes
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forShaqiriat 72′minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 28Davies
  • 46R Williams
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 64Cain
  • 65Clarkson
  • 76N Williams

Referee:
Slavko Vincic

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, RB Leipzig 0, Liverpool 2.

  2. Second Half ends, RB Leipzig 0, Liverpool 2.

  3. Attempt missed. Hee-Chan Hwang (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tyler Adams with a through ball.

  4. Offside, Liverpool. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Neco Williams is caught offside.

  5. Substitution, Liverpool. Neco Williams replaces Mohamed Salah.

  6. Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool).

  7. Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dayot Upamecano.

  9. Attempt missed. Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  10. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

  12. Hee-Chan Hwang (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Attempt missed. Angeliño (RB Leipzig) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Adams.

  14. Attempt missed. Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool).

  16. Angeliño (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Foul by Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig).

  20. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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