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Champions League:Klopp lauds “brilliant” Liverpool defense following victory over RB Leipzig

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Alisson Becker and Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has rained praises on his defenders after keeping a clean sheet in their Champions League second leg victory against RB Leipzig.

 

The reds created more chances in the first half. Diogo Jota, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane all missed opportunities without converting any to extend their advantage.

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RB Leipzig were unable to make the most of any chance and so were punished by the reds

Liverpool threeu forwards were all involved in the move before it was finished off clinically by Salah. Liverpool got their second minutes later.

 

Divock Origi was at the forefront this time as his low cross across the face of goal was converted by Mane. That was how it finished as Liverpool comfortably advance to the next round.

 

Speaking with BT Sport, “Klopp urged his side to build momentum from this victory:

“The two centre halves played an incredible game. 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.

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Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 4-0 on aggregate to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. ( Photo by Getty Images)

 

“We have to [use this for momentum]. The last time we played Champions League it was a long trip. We played 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.

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“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.

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“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 will hope their form in the Champions League will be replicated in the Premier League sooner than later.

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