The Premier League champions took advantage of defensive lapses to punish the Bundesliga side and take a decisive lead in the tie.
A victory for Liverpool had started to feel unfamiliar and threatened to become a distant memory, but they crowned an accomplished Champions League away performance with goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to illuminate their path forward and foil RB Leipzig.
Having felt like everything was conspiring against them in recent weeks with the injuries racking up and positive displays being undone by individual blunders, Jurgen Klopp’s charges welcomed the change of profiting from the opposition’s defensive failings.
Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig has been kryptonite for English teams on this stage as Tottenham and Manchester United will attest, but the Bundesliga side was outmaneuvered at the Puskas Arena in Bulgaria.
The German, the manager all of Europe’s elite clubs have earmarked as a successor for their incumbents, had warned that Liverpool would be “an injured boxer” that will “enter the game with everything that they have and try to leave their recent results in the league behind.”
His analysis was accurate, but despite being heedful, Leipzig was humbled in and out of possession.
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There was a scare for the Merseysiders in the opening minutes when the dynamic Angelino served up a cross from the byline that Dani Olmo dived to meet.
The ball ricocheted off the inside of the upright and out offering relief for Liverpool, who went on to dominant every element of the half.
Leipzig was pressing relentlessly, with Klopp’s men happy to bypass it and receiving much joy getting in behind.
Salah should have supplied Mane, then failed to play the ball in front of Roberto Firmino on another occasion, before drawing a sharp save from Peter Gulacsi.
Liverpool’s No9 found the side-netting when he could’ve slipped in Mane and Leipzig were being overawed by a wave of attacks.
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