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Liverpool ‘defied’ every expectations in win over RB Leipzig – Klopp.


Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in quick succession early in the second half, with Liverpool edging control of possession and also making a number of Leipzig’s top players look ordinary.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed people expected his team to carry their poor form into the Champions League against RB Leipzig this week and praised the Reds for rising to the occasion and coming away with a 2-0 win.


Leipzig, having knocked out Manchester United in the group stage and Tottenham at this stage last year, were a dangerous opponent. But Liverpool are now in a commanding position ahead of the return leg next month thanks to their aggregate lead.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in quick succession early in the second half, with Liverpool edging control of possession and also making a number of Leipzig’s top players look ordinary.

Jurgen Klopp said people expected Liverpool to lose again | Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

“It was the game we wanted, the game we needed. Leipzig can be a real monster. The way they play in the Bundesliga, they overrun teams, they are really physical, pretty much good in everything, and we controlled them in an exceptional way,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“You cannot build ‘mentality giants’ in one game. We were good and deserved to win. A lot of people were waiting for us to slip again and the boys didn’t.


“For two years we’ve been really good and this year we have some problems. It’s absolutely normal that the talk starts. I have no problem with that, it is just that a lot of people expected us to slip again because of the situation. But the boys didn’t and that’s what I’m really happy about.”

The return leg against Leipzig is scheduled for Wednesday 10 March in three weeks’ time. In the meantime, Liverpool face a tough challenge against Everton in the Merseyside derby, as well as further Premier League games against Sheffield United and Fulham before the previously packed out schedule begins to slightly relax.



Leipzig defeats Atletico 2-1 in Knockout stage


Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insisted his side had given everything in the 2-1 defeat by RB Leipzig in the Champions League quarter-finals on Thursday, even as he conceded they had been over-powered by the Germans.

‘I understand that they were much better than us but we could give nothing more. We did not play as we wished to but we have to keep our heads up and prepare for next season,’ Simeone told a news conference.

‘We struggled to win the battles on the pitch and they were much faster than us, they made more fouls than us and were very good at stopping us from playing, but we gave everything we had.’


Atletico struggled to cope with Leipzig’s intensity, falling behind to Dani Olmo’s header before Joao Felix levelled from the penalty spot.

Tyler Adams then struck the winner with a late deflected strike just as Atletico were starting to find their composure.

The Argentine coach said his side had run out of steam at the end of a gruelling season lasting over 12 months due to the long pause in action because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also reflected on a challenging La Liga campaign after parting with the likes of forward Antoine Griezmann and defender Diego Godin and a difficult run of results. His side needed a strong final push to clinch third spot after spending large parts of the season outside the top four.


‘It has been a very long year, with the huge pressure of trying to get into the Champions League and then having many weeks stuck at home,’ he added.

‘We are feeling hurt because we have had a season with so much pressure, with so many injuries, with so many uncertainties due to all the new players we brought in.

‘We could have done better today and we wanted to go further in this competition but emotionally, in terms of preparation and the enthusiasm we had, I don’t have anything to complain about.’

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Timo werner’s transfer talk between Liverpool and RB Leipzig not settled yet.

Timo Werner’s potential summer transfer to Liverpool has hit a stumbling block, with talks between the Reds and RB Leipzig yet to move past the informal stage.

This is owing to the uncertainty surrounding football due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has caused the suspension of fixtures worldwide.

Liverpool are still very much interested in signing Werner and it was expected that they would’ve formalised a deal with RB Leipzig by this point, instead progress has significantly slowed.

Timo Werner,Christopher Nkunku
Speaking on The Athletic podcast (via This Is Anfield), Simon Hughes said: “Everything is changed. At the end of February people were expecting that Liverpool would not just ramp up their interest, but formalise it around this time.

“A lot of people have gone quiet on that [interest], but it seems like everything that has happened has slowed things down.

“Leipzig are going to be wanting to find out what’s happening with the Champions League, they could win the Bundesliga, they are having a great season.

“Nobody can afford to make decisions until they know when next season will start.

“At this stage from what I can tell, the discussions remain at the informal stage.”

Discussions over a deal for Werner could potentially last throughout the next transfer window should the season be extended into summer in order to allow clubs to fulfil their fixtures.

The German striker has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield for a while, having impressed for RB Leipzig since joining the club in 2016. He has contributed 88 goals for Die Roten Bullen as they transformed themselves from a second-tier side to a force to be reckoned with in Germany and beyond.

It is unclear what Jürgen Klopp’s intentions for the striker are, taking into account that Liverpool’s front three is already considered to be one of the best in world football. Regardless, Werner will strengthen an already formidable Liverpool side, should a deal be completed.


Tottenham 0-1 RB leipzig: Timo Werner Dents Spurs’ European Hopes

Tottenham have it all to do in their Champions League round of 16 tie after Timo Werner’s penalty handed RB Leipzig a deserved 1-0 lead in north London on Wednesday night

A rip-roaring start from the visitors saw Hugo Lloris forced into an early save, reacting quickly to Angelino’s effort and forcing the on-loan defender’s strike onto the post. It was the visitors who continued to dominate for the remainder of the half, with Timo Werner spurning a decent opportunity for Julian Nagelsmann’s side.

lucas Moura had the first chance of the second half, but it was Leipzig who would take the lead via Werner’s penalty. Ben Davies clearly fouled Konrad Laimer to hand the German the chance from 12 yards, and he made no mistake by firing low beyond Lloris.

Trying to force themselves back into the tie, Giovani Lo Celso came within inches of netting a superb equaliser after seeing his bending free kick tipped onto the post by the outstretched arm of Peter Gulasci.

Spurs continued to press but were unable to find a crucial leveler, and are now faced with a tough task on their hands as they make the return trip to Germany in three weeks’ time.


Key Talking Point

Jose Mourinho

What cost would the absence of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane have on Tottenham’s approach to Wednesday’s clash? The answer: a significant one.

Without a focal point in attack, or someone to hold the ball up in the final third, Spurs struggled to create anything of note. Their approach was a more reactive than proactive one, where it seemed the inevitable goal that would come from RB Leipzig’s onslaught would force their hand as opposed to taking the bull by the horns themselves.

Operating as a 4-4-2 with Dele Alli up top and Gedson Fernandes on the right of midfield, the plan was clear. Soaking up pressure and relying on Lo Celso to craft an opening was all Spurs had going for them. Problem was though, it wasn’t working.

They were facing an outfit who were immensely organised, pressed relentlessly, and who you could forgiven for thinking were the home side based on Wednesday’s showing.

After conceding the goal, the dynamic in Spurs’ game shifted drastically. The question that bubbles up is: why not sooner? Goals change games, sure, but everyone watching on could foresee a Leipzig opener, so why sit back and wait for that to happen? An improvement followed, granted, but Spurs were asking for it from the off. Their Champions League aspirations have taken a massive dent.

Tottenham Player Ratings

Starting XI: Lloris (7); Aurier (6), Alderweireld (7), Sanchez (7), Davies (6); Winks (6), Fernandes (6), Lo Celso (8*), Alli (5), Bergwijn (5); Lucas (6).

Substitutes: Ndombele (7), Lamela (7).

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso,Christopher Nkunku

How often has this happened since he’s come into the side more regularly? Answer: 99% of the time.

Once again the standout player for Tottenham was Giovani Lo Celso, who was comfortably the the best player on the park in white. His passing was crisp throughout and, particularly in an uninspiring first half, was the one Spurs player who was trying conjure up some magic for his side.

Not only was he looking to carve open opportunities for his teammates, but if there was nothing on he was willing to take the game by the scruff of the neck and drive at the RB Leipzig defence.

RB Leipzig

Key Talking Point

Julian Nagelsmann

How good is the quality of the Bundesliga this season? Take one look at RB Leipzig’s performance in north London and the answer is very clear.

Only six points separate the top six in the division, and Wednesday’s visitors gave a fine example of themselves, showing immense composure and calmness on the ball that was both efficient and effective.

Their pressing was forceful yet measured, and they kept Spurs pinned deep into their own half all the way up until 20 minutes from the end. This was a group of players who knew exactly what their job role was in the side, taking on their orders and adhering to them.

The only issue was, they only scored one. Sure, Spurs turned the screw towards the end, but the fact is that because RB Leipzig were in such control for large spells, the fact they’ve left their opponents with a glimmer of hope in the second leg is the only downside on an otherwise solid showing.

RB Leipzig Player Ratings

Starting XI: Gulasci (8); Halstenberg (8), Ampadu (8), Klostermann (8), Tasende (7); Laimer (8), Sabitzer (9*), Mukiele (8); Nkunku (8); Werner (8), Schick (7).

Substitutes: Haidara (7), Poulsen (7), Forsberg (N/A).

Marcel Sabitzer
Marcel Sabitze,Giovani Lo Celso

Talk about running the show, Marcel Sabitzer was instrumental in all the flowing moves RB Leipzig made on Wednesday night. Operating off the front two, his commanding presence in the middle of the park was the platform for every attack the visitors made.

Intense in his pressing yet calm in possession, the Austrian oozed class with his silky footwork and impressive vision. He wore the captain’s armband and it’s only fair to say it was a captain’s performance from the 25-year-old.

Aaron West

I love Marcel Sabitzer so much. He is pure class.

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