Despite poor league form, Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 victory at the Puskas Arena to secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. The result now breathes new life into their otherwise underwhelming season.
After his side's encouraging performance against an in form RB Leipzig, Jurgen Klopp spoke to BT Sport's Des Kelly. "The boys were outstanding tonight. We had to switch off the Premier League stuff and give this one a proper try. The boys really enjoyed themselves tonight."
Despite dominating the first half, Liverpool were wasteful. Chances for Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold should have put the tie beyond doubt.
RB Leipzig also lacked a cutting edge as Dani Olmo’s close range effort was brilliantly thwarted by Alisson.
Despite early second-half pressure from Die Roten Bullen, the Reds grabbed the all-important opener. After a great build up, Mohamed Salah coolly converted his 25th goal of the season to settle Liverpool nerves. Minutes later, Sadio Mané added a second to put the match to bed.
All in all, it was a promising performance. However, Liverpool were allowed far more chances tonight than they have been in recent games. If they want to translate their European form into league success, they will need to be far more clinical in the final third.
"It was good - we created a lot of chances! The best thing that the boys did was that nobody could see how good Leipzig could be. They are a monster and we defended them really well."
Liverpool now travel to Wolves on Monday to try and revitalize their dwindling Premier League campaign. "We play again on Monday. We have to make ourselves ready."
We haven't won for a while - it makes a massive difference."