Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Champions League … Liverpool have passed a long way towards the quarter-finals

Liverpool breathed a sigh of relief after a series of disappointing results and went a long way towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League by beating Leipzig 2-0 in the first leg of the final.

The match was held in Budapest, instead of Germany, due to restrictions imposed on visitors, as part of the authorities’ effort to avoid the spread of a mutated version of the Coronavirus.

Liverpool managed to achieve a perfect result before hosting the second leg at home on the tenth of next month, thanks to the goals of the Egyptian Mohamed Salah and the Senegalese Sadio Mane, who scored the two goals in the second half.

German coach Jürgen Klopp’s team entered the match against the backdrop of 3 consecutive defeats in the Premier League, while it had only won 3 of the last 11 games in all competitions before facing Leipzig in the Champions League.

Liverpool suffers from the many injuries that deprived it of the services of the Dutch Virgil Van Dyck, Senegalese Joel Matip, Joe Gomez in defense, Guinean Naby Keita, Brazilian Fabinho in the defensive center, and Portuguese Diogo Jota in the offensive midfield.

These were joined by midfielder James Milner, who was injured in the half of Saturday’s match against Leicester City (1-3), giving Spaniard Thiago Alcantara the opportunity to play a key game against Leipzig behind the Egyptian attacking trio, Mohamed Salah, Senegalese, Sadio Mane, and Brazilian Roberto Firmino, while Unusual center-back, Jordan Henderson, is alongside Turkish newcomer Ozan Kabak.

On the other side, and with the absence of Swedish striker Emil Forsberg due to injury, Nagelsmann gave Spain’s Danny Olmo the opportunity to play in the middle, while French defender Daewoo Obamecano, who was officially announced Sunday to move to Bayern Munich next summer, returned to the squad after sitting on the bench against Augsburg (2-1) Friday in the league.

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