Liverpool squad celebrate goal (Press Association)
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insisted the “job is handiest half done” after the Reds’ 2-0 take over RB Leipzig on Tuesday gave them a commanding lead of their Champions League final-16 tie.
Needs by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in a 5-minute spell early in the 2d half sealed Liverpool’s first-leg victory in Budapest.
“Total, it became as soon as a delicious efficiency, a appropriate take however it is handiest half the job done,” Henderson informed BT Sport.
“We appropriate wanted to withhold going, relief combating. We beget had a host of advanced situations at some stage in the season.
“Tonight became as soon as a appropriate step in the correct course, however we need to proceed with that and if we are going to have the opportunity to we are going to score appropriate outcomes along the formula.”
Liverpool bounced relief from three straight Premier League defeats which beget left them 13 aspects in the support of leaders Manchester Metropolis.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds beget one foot in the quarter-finals while Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig face an uphill job in the return leg on March 10.
“Leipzig in most cases is an proper monster — the formula they play in the Bundesliga, they overrun groups,” stated Klopp.
“They’ll be in reality bodily in the entirety and tonight we controlled them in an distinctive arrangement.
“They had their moments because of the usual they beget however we controlled the game so tonight I hold we got the stop result we deserved.”
Having guided Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals final season, Nagelsmann stated his aspect will fight in the return leg.
“We weren’t so brave with the possession we had, we made two worthy mistakes which would be punished at any level,” Nagelsmann informed DAZN.
“We created probabilities, which we didn’t grasp, which will most likely be an excellent subject for the 2d leg.
“It can now not be easy, we now beget got to score twice appropriate to take hold of the game (return leg) to beyond regular time, however we are going to have the opportunity to are attempting to attain our good.
“Liverpool will respect us and we need to be confident for the 2d sport, due to there could be now not any other different.”
The most primary leg had to be moved from Leipzig to Budapest due to Germany’s Covid-19 slump restrictions and it is hoped the return sport will most likely be held at Anfield.
“Now we beget three weeks to arrange now for the return leg – who is aware of how things will explore then? — however for tonight it became as soon as appropriate ample,” added Klopp.