Sports Desk, Mar 10 (efe-epa).- Liverpool’s sputtering attack came to life Wednesday against RB Leipzig, as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored to seal a 4-0 aggregate win in a Champions League knockout stage tie played entirely in Budapest due to pandemic travel restrictions,
Despite their dismal form in the Premier League, the Reds were favored after winning the first leg 2-0 as the ostensible away side.
The German club had 60 percent possession, yet Leipzig’s Peter Gulacsi was the busier of the two goalkeepers.
At the other end of the pitch, Alisson denied Dani Olmo in the 10th minute, which turned out to be the closest Leipzig would come to scoring aside from an Alexander Sorloth effort that hit the cross-bar.
Virtually all of Leipzig’s chances resulted from errors by Liverpool’s makeshift back line.
The Reds would have led 3-0 at the break if Diogo Jota, Salah and Mane had been able to execute on a trio of fabulous opportunities.
With 20 minutes left in regulation, Salah smashed the ball past Gulacsi after taking a pass from Jota.
Mane made it 2-0 on the night in the 74th, tapping in a ball sent across goal by Divock Origi shortly after he came on as a replacement for Jota.
Already eliminated from both domestic cup competitions and mired in eighth place in the Premier League, Liverpool’s only hope for a trophy this season lies with the Champions League, a competition they won in 2019.
“We created a lot of chances. That’s us at the moment – first half massive chances and couldn’t score. Again, the biggest and best thing the boys did is let nobody see how good Leipzig can be. They are a monster usually, they are so powerful and you saw all the runs in behind, but we defended that really well,” Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said afterward.
“We had to switch off that Premier League stuff, to get here and to give it a proper try,” he said. EFE