Liverpool sealed a much-needed win in the Champions League with a comfortable victory over RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in the second half to seal the victory Reds a A 2-0 win on the night and a 4-0 victory on aggregate in the Round of 16.
The result means Jurgen Klopp The team qualified for the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons.
But there was a lot that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Puskas Arena.
Phillips takes a mane
Nat Phillips head almost everything against Leipzig. Sadio Mane did not know him.
With an attacking free kick in the first half by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phillips jumped to the highest level but was hit on the ball with the fist of former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Goulacy.
Mane was stuck between them, who was shocked by Phillips and ended up seeking treatment for a painful reward.
The result? A free kick in Leipzig. No, we weren’t able to fix this either.
Klopp pays tribute to Milner
Jürgen Klopp had a lot of smiles as his team headed towards the Champions League quarter-finals.
It was an incident near the end of the match that confirmed his apparent happiness with the procedures.
“Excellence!” The Reds coach cheered after substitute James Milner won a challenge against Leipzig defender Diot Obicano.
Well said, Juergen.
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Reds make history
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are still being felt.
This means that Liverpool were able to achieve their prestigious first time by playing their first competitive home game away from Anfield.
The victory extended their impressive record over German teams, losing just seven out of 46 matches and winning 24 – more than any other team.
Oh, and the previous two times they beat a German team in the Round of 16 – Bayer Leverkusen in 2005 and Bayern Munich in 2019 – they went on to win the title.
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Thiago finger of fun
It wasn’t just Thiago Alcantara’s impressive performance that saw a major change for Liverpool on Wednesday.
Against Sheffield United last month, two fingers were taped to his right hand. In training after that match, he wore a blue bandage over the injury.
He’s back in the white stripe against Chelsea, while in Budapest it was a mixture of tape and a more elaborate black bandage cover.
Footballers love their lucky charm. Could this be for the Spaniard?