That was much, much more like it.
Liverpool swept RB Leipzig away, winning 2-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate. It took until the second half for goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané to seal the deal, but the truth is this was never really in doubt. It hasn’t been often this season we’ve been able to say this, but Liverpool just clearly played the better football across the pitch. That’s straight into the Champions League quarter finals and richly deserved.
The Liverpool manager was positive in his assessment.
“The two centre halves played an incredible game”, Jürgen Klopp told BT Sport, as reported by BBC Sport. The whole last line played an incredible game because that is a tough task. We had to press them. We defended deep together really well which is important. Everybody had a really good game. It was a good performance.”
“Last time we played Champions League it was a long trip. We play next on Monday, that is OK. We have to make ourselves ready. If we play like we did tonight it will not be easy for Wolves. It is a massive difference.”
“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. Big compliment to the boys.
“We had to switch off that Premier League stuff, to get here and to give it a proper try. The boys really enjoyed themselves tonight, which is important. We were doing the hardest and the dirtiest work because it was a big defending challenge.”
Liverpool were superb here. This is the Liverpool we know. More like it, please.