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QUARTER-FINAL: Liverpool advance in the Champions League against Leipzig

 

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah each scored in both legs of their tie with RB Leipzig to advance to the Champions League quarter-final.

The Reds won 4-0 on aggregate after another two-goal victory in the second leg against the Germans.

Jürgen Klopp's side join Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint Germain and Porto in the hat for the next round ahead of the final fixtures of the round next week.

Salah had several chances to score but took his goal well when a Liverpool counter-attack executed to perfection.

Diogo Jota released Salah on the right of the area before the Egyptian rolled an effort in at the near post.

Mane tapped home from a couple of yards out after a Divock Origi cross which left Leipzig's keeper Peter Gulacsi no chance.

 

Champions League quarter-final again

 

It hasn't been a great season for the Reds by any stretch, but this is the shining light in an otherwise drab campaign.

The Reds have reached the quarter-final for the third time in four years.

After finishing runners up in the tournament in 2018, following defeat to Real Madrid in the final, Klopp vowed his side would return stronger.

He was on the money, as his team beat Tottenham Hotspur in the final the following year.

A sixth European Cup - and a first for Klopp - put Liverpool at the forefront of continental football once more.

The Premier League victory followed, but their defence of the Champions League trophy ended at the first knockout round with Atletico Madrid winning over two legs.

Now though, Liverpool don't have anything else to play for, with winning the league impossible and qualifying for the top four highly improbable.

They'll be full pelt at the Champions League, which might be a concerning prospect for any potential opponents.

If only they could play all their home games in Budapest.

 

Carragher feels it

 

Former Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, feels like it could be their year again.

Working as a pundit on the American broadcast of the game for CBS Sports, Carragher got excited watching the Reds win 2-0.

 

He goes on to say the omens are with Liverpool based on recent history, and it's hard to argue with his logic!

@ucloncbssportsGood omens for Liverpool 👀 ##jamiecarragher ##championsleague ##soccer ##football ##liverpool

♬ original sound - UCLonCBSSports

The draw for the next round of the UEFA Champions League takes place on Friday 19th March.


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