Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson identified an aspect of the game the Reds got back to their best with after it had been conspicuously absent in recent weeks.
Liverpool left their recent bad form firmly in their rear view mirror with a superb all-round display against RB Leipzig.
The German side came close inside five minutes when rattling the post. But from that moment on, Liverpool took a firm grasp on the game.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both punished slack defending by dispatching their chances clinically. With two away goals heading into the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool are strong favourites to advance to the quarter final stage.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Henderson said: “It was an important game for us. A tough game but we are really happy. The performance, a good night and a good performance.”
Emphasising the importance of Liverpool regaining a high energy and tempo to their press, Henderson added: “From start to finish, we pressed really well, defensively, we looked dangerous going forward.
“A pleasing performance and a good win but there is still another leg to go.
“We kept going, we kept probing. We have to be happy with that but it’s only half the job done.
“Mo and Sadio were lively all game. We just had to keep going and keep fighting. Every single game, take it one step at a time. We need to continue the performance level and if we continue that we will get the results.
“I thought we defended pretty well as a team. The lads up front pressed really well – all over we defended well.
“It’s only one good result – yes we are pleased but now we have the derby – we have to recover well and give it everything in that game.”
Klopp urged to land ‘perfect’ duo
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been encouraged to make two signings perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s style of play by former Reds striker Emile Heskey.
The reigning Premier League champions bolstered their defensive ranks by bringing in Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak on deadline day.
However, their attack has often misfired this season. Back-ups Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri have struggled o make a mark when standing in for Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Diogo Jota was brought in for big money last summer. However, after an impressive start to life at Anfield, the winger has since been on the sidelines through injury.
To that end, Heskey believes his old club should raid Wolves again for flying wingers Adama Traore and Pedro Neto.
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