Liverpool secure comfortable 1st leg victory over Leipzig

Liverpool secure comfortable 1st leg victory over Leipzig

- RB Leipzig vs Liverpool ended 2-0 in favour of the Premier League champions

- Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane's second-half gave the Red a two-goal advantage

- The second leg will be played at Anfield in two weeks time as Liverpool bounce back from consecutive defeats

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Liverpool bounced back from a Premier League defeat to Leicester City following a comfortable 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in a first-leg round of 16 Champions League game.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored a goal apiece to help the Reds take a 2-0 lead back to Anfield in a fortnight.

The English side dominated the entire first half and should have been 3-0 up as chances came begging.

Liverpool secure comfortable 1st leg victory over Leipzig in Germany

Salah and Mane were the stars of the show as Liverpool beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in the Champions League last 16. Photo by Christina Pahnke
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Salah was put through by Trent Alexander-Arnold but goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi quickly came off his lines to apply the block.

Gulacsi also came out of his 18-yard area to clear a through ball passed to Mane and Andy Robertson tried to catch the Hungarian keeper off his line but went slightly off the cross-bar.

Liverpool got a goal disallowed after Mane's cross went off the line before Salah headed in the ball but the assistant referee spotted the incident.

Leipzig started the second half with a glorious chance as striker Christopher Nkunku could not make it count.

Salah finally broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute as he capitalized on a defensive error to send the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-0.

Five minutes later, Mane made it 2-0 from another blunder as the Senegalese striker scored a similar goal as Salah's.

Just before the final whistle Alisson Becker made a fantastic stop from Hee-Chan Hwang who thought he had scored.

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The match ended 2-0 to relieve the pressure on the entire Liverpool squad after losing a streak of matches on the domestic scene.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he does not need to take a break from football following Liverpool's recent form and the death of his mother, Sky Sports.

The Reds manager lost his aged mum recently and have not been able to attend the funeral due to coronavirus restrictions in Germany.

On the other hand, the current English champions have not been able to rediscover their form as they have lost three games on the bounce.

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