Liverpool’s Premier League title defense is close to being gone at this point, they still hang onto its last chance of getting a trophy alive by beating Leipzig 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter finals.
Mohamed Salah scored at the 70th-minute mark and Sadio Mané four minutes later for Liverpool to seal their win and complete a 4-0 win on aggregate.
The Premier League side also finally ended its six-game winless run in home games, at least technically, as Liverpool was officially the host at the neutral Puskas Arena in Hungary.
Klopp said Liverpool succeeded by forgetting about the collapse from the past EPL fixtures, where the team is 25 points off the premier league table.
“We had to switch off the Premier League stuff to get here and give it a proper try. The boys really enjoyed themselves tonight which is important,” Klopp told broadcaster BT Sport.
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A string of saves by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi kept Leipzig in contention before Salah made the breakthrough.
Salah lined up a low shot tucked inside the right post after Diogo Jota showed smart movement on the counter to create space for Salah before passing to the Egypt forward.
Leipzig — which surprisingly reached the semifinals last season — tried to find a way back into the game four minutes later, substitute Divock Origi found space on the right flank to cross low for Mané to tap in.
The closest the Bundesliga side to score a goal was when Alexander Sorloth headed against the crossbar in the 67th-minute, before Liverpool responded with two goals to end the German team’s chances.
Just as in the first leg, Liverpool was presented with chances by defensive blunders.
Leipzig holds the fewest goals conceded across the Bundesliga league, but didn’t display the same in Europe this season, conceding 16 times after eight games.
“The best thing the boys did is nobody could really see how good Leipzig can be,” Klopp said.
“We defended them really well because they are a monster usually. They’re so powerful and can run in behind, but we defended that really well.”
Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told Sky Sport: “We didn’t reach our best level of achievement today and so we don’t deserve to progress, however tough that may feel.”
Both legs were played in Budapest because of restrictions in Germany on travel from Britain amid the pandemic. Liverpool was barred from entering Germany for the first leg, while Leipzig would have had to put its players in quarantine after returning from Britain if Liverpool had hosted at Anfield.
Liverpool’s win over Leipzig means they are now unbeaten in their last 12 meetings with German opponents in all European competitions since a 4-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in April 2002.
It is the first time they have won both legs of a Champions League knockout tie while also keeping a clean sheet in each leg since their last-16 triumph against Real Madrid in 2008-09.
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