Diogo Jota (centre) tries to find a way past Dayot Upamecano
Liverpool have now gone 10 first halves without a goal in all competitions – producing 59 shots, 21 on target

Liverpool gave their flagging season a timely boost by beating RB Leipzig to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

The English champions have seen their hopes of retaining the league title they won last June all but ended by a shocking run of recent domestic form, which includes defeat in each of their last six games at Anfield.

But their quest for a second European crown in three seasons remains very much alive thanks to a more confident and composed display in what was technically a home fixture but played at the same venue as the first leg – Budapest’s Puskas Arena.

For 70 minutes, Liverpool were extremely wasteful in front of goal, but sealed the tie when Mohamed Salah cut inside and finished low shortly after Leipzig substitute Alexander Sorloth had struck the bar with a header.

Sadio Mane made absolutely sure with a neat finish from Divock Origi’s superb cross.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will find out their last-eight opponents when the draw is made on Friday, 19 March.

More to follow.

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Liverpool

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.76

  2. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    7.63

  3. Squad number47Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    8.33

  4. Squad number19Player nameKabak
    Average rating

    7.86

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    7.88

  6. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    8.04

  7. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    8.59

  8. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
    Average rating

    8.20

  9. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    8.09

  10. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    8.20

  11. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    8.06

Substitutes

  1. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    7.21

  2. Squad number8Player nameKeita
    Average rating

    7.39

  3. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
    Average rating

    6.63

  4. Squad number21Player nameTsimikas
    Average rating

    6.65

  5. Squad number27Player nameOrigi
    Average rating

    7.57

RB Leipzig

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameGulácsi

    Average rating

    4.90

  2. Squad number22Player nameMukiele

    Average rating

    4.37

  3. Squad number5Player nameUpamecano

    Average rating

    4.74

  4. Squad number16Player nameKlostermann

    Average rating

    4.50

  5. Squad number44Player nameKampl

    Average rating

    4.41

  6. Squad number14Player nameAdams

    Average rating

    4.48

  7. Squad number25Player nameOlmo

    Average rating

    4.36

  8. Squad number7Player nameSabitzer

    Average rating

    4.54

  9. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

    Average rating

    4.31

  10. Squad number9Player namePoulsen

    Average rating

    4.23

  11. Squad number10Player nameForsberg

    Average rating

    4.09

Substitutes

  1. Squad number8Player nameHaidara

    Average rating

    4.18

  2. Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-Chan

    Average rating

    4.03

  3. Squad number19Player nameSørloth

    Average rating

    3.83

  4. Squad number21Player nameKluivert

    Average rating

    4.38

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47Phillips
  • 19Kabak
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 90′minutes
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forKeitaat 71′minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forMilnerat 82′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 20JotaSubstituted forOrigiat 71′minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 8Keita
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 28Davies
  • 46R Williams
  • 53Davies
  • 76N Williams

RB Leipzig

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 22Mukiele
  • 5Upamecano
  • 16Klostermann
  • 44KamplSubstituted forSørlothat 45′minutes
  • 14Adams
  • 25OlmoSubstituted forHaidaraat 72′minutes
  • 7Sabitzer
  • 18Nkunku
  • 9PoulsenSubstituted forHwang Hee-Chanat 60′minutes
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forKluivertat 60′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Orban
  • 6Konaté
  • 8Haidara
  • 11Hwang Hee-Chan
  • 19Sørloth
  • 20Samardzic
  • 21Kluivert
  • 23Halstenberg
  • 33Martínez
  • 39Henrichs

Referee:
Clément Turpin

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Liverpool 2, RB Leipzig 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, RB Leipzig 0.

  3. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).

  5. Attempt missed. Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  6. Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Sadio Mané.

  7. Substitution, Liverpool. Konstantinos Tsimikas replaces Andrew Robertson.

  8. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Christopher Nkunku.

  9. Offside, Liverpool. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside.

  10. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

  12. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dayot Upamecano.

  13. Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Naby Keita.

  14. Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

  16. Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Naby Keita.

  17. Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

  18. Attempt missed. Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christopher Nkunku.

  19. Offside, Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

  20. Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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