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3 talking points as Liverpool defeat RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena

Liverpool bounce back to winning ways with a clinical and impressive away win against RB Leipzig and take a big step towards progressing further.

Liverpool returned to winning ways in the UEFA Champions League with a clinical away performance. Julian Nagelsmann’s men, who were underwhelming for most of the game, seemed to get better after the Reds brace but ultimately failed to cause much trouble for the visitors. A frantic first half saw Roberto Firmino come closes to breaking the deadlock, but his header was ruled out as Sadio Mane hadn’t quite kept it in play before his cross.

RB Leipzig then almost took the lead immediately after the half-time break as Christopher Nkunku raced clear, only to be denied by Alisson Becker’s save. But the onus was soon with Liverpool as Mohamed Salah grabbed the opening goal, pouncing on a stray Kevin Kampl backpass before finishing his one-on-one with conviction.

Five minutes later Jurgen Klopp’s men made it two, as Mane capitalized on another mistake – this time by Nordi Mukiele – to produce an almost carbon copy finish to Salah and double the score. They capitalized on two Leipzig errors and punished them ruthlessly to register an impressive away win to put them in driving seat for a quarter-final seat.
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Ozan Kabak‘s debut ultimately ended in disappointment against Leicester City, colliding with Alisson in the lead-up to Jamie Vardy’s goal and also not covering himself in glory for Harvey Barnes’ strike. The Turk entered a pressurized situation against Leipzig, starting alongside Jordan Henderson again, but was excellent in general.

The former Bundesliga defender showed confidence on the ball in the first half, dummying an opponent and spraying a ball to Andy Robertson, as well as striding out of the defense on one occasion. While Henderson was caught out a few times, it was hard to think of a genuinely bad moment from Liverpool’s new signing, even if he was a little over-eager while tackling.