PLAYER RATINGS – RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool: Salah star of the show

PLAYER RATINGS: Mohamed Salah stalked the defence like a big cat hunting prey, and was yet again the star of the show… but Bayern-bound Dayot Upamecano had a night to forget

  • Liverpool take a commanding 2-0 lead into the second leg against RB Leipzig
  • Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane got on the scoresheet for Jurgen Klopp’s side
  • It was a brilliant performance considering their horrid run of form recently
  • Here, Sportsmail has run the rule over both sets of players from Tuesday’s clash

Liverpool have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after overcoming RB Leipzig 2-0 in the ‘away’ leg of their last-16 tie in Budapest.

Liverpool produced a brilliant all-round performance against the Bundesliga outfit – who ended Manchester United’s hopes in the group stage – as they got back to winning ways following a dismal run of form.

Quickfire goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, in the space of five minutes, put the Reds into a hugely commanding position heading into the second leg on March 10.

Here, Sportsmail’s Dominic King has run the rule over both sets of players during the Champions League clash…

Sadio Mane was back on the scoresheet as Liverpool overcame RB Leipzig 2-0 on Tuesday

It was a much-needed win for Jurgen Klopp and his Reds side amid their horrid run of form

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)

Alisson Becker – 7

Confidence boosting night for the goalkeeper with important saves early in both halves from Olmo and Nkunku.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

Showed maturity from start to finish, always there to make crucial blocks. Good battle with Angelino, one he won.

Ozan Kabak – 7

Looked like he had seen a ghost on Saturday but this performance will have helped settle his nerves.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5 

Only anxious moment was when Nkunku got the wrong side of him. Solid, dependable, led by example.

Ozan Kabak’s performance will have helped settle his nerves after the Leicester defeat

Andrew Robertson – 7

Came close to scoring a spectacular goal with a 40-yard lob. Got through his defensive work diligently.  

Thiago Alcantara – 6.5

Enjoyed the pace of this game better than the Premier League but still susceptible to conceding silly fouls.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7

His importance to this team should not be understated, always there doing the dirty work. 

Curtis Jones – 7.5

A measure of the regard he is held in illustrated by the fact he started; repaid faith with a polished display.

Georginio Wijnaldum was once again doing the dirty work in the middle of the pitch

Mohamed Salah – 8.5 (Man of the Match)

Stalked Leipzig’s defence like a big cat hunting prey and eventually he got his reward with crucial first goal.

Roberto Firmino – 7

Hinting that his best form is just around the corner. Substituted but it was only to save his legs.

Sadio Mane – 7.5

Barely the hint of a smile when he scored the second goal but his strike had huge significance on the tie.  

Mohamed Salah led from the front yet again as he put the Reds 1-0 up in the 53rd minute

Substitutes: 

Shaqiri 6 (for Firmino 70min), Oxlade-Chamberlain 6 (for Thiago 70), N Williams (for Salah 90).

Not used: Kelleher, Adrian, Tsimikas, R Williams, Cain, Davies, Phillips, Clarkson, Origi.

Manager: 

Jurgen Klopp – 7.5

Bellowed his encouragement from the start and this performance was a testament to his man-management skills.

It was a brilliant day at the office for Klopp as his side put one foot in the quarter finals

RB LEIPZIG (4-3-3)

Gulacsi 6; Mukiele 5 (Orban 64min, 6), Klostermann 5, Upamecano 4, Angelino 6; Sabitzer 5, Haidara 5 (Poulsen 64, 6), Kampl 6 (H-C Hwang 74, 6); Nkunku 6, Olmo 5, Adams 5.

Manager: 

Julian Nagelsmann – 5

Referee: 

Slavko Vincic (Slovenia) – 7 

Dayot Upamecano had a night to forget in the heart of RB Leipzig’s backline in Budapest





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