Jurgen Klopp sends mentality giants warning after Liverpool see off RB Leipzig

Jurgen Klopp admitted that it will take more than one game for his side to become “mentality giants” once again, but are on the right track again after the convincing win over RB Leipzig.

The Reds are in the driving seat going into the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie after securing a 2-0 win in Budapest on Tuesday night.

Two goals in five minutes from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane proved to be the difference as a much more solid Liverpool side deserved to take home the advantage.

The Reds were out of form going into the clash in Hungary, having lost their last three Premier League matches.

And Klopp admitted that he was pleased to see his side put in the sort of performance fans have come to expect from them.

"Yeah it was a tough game,” he told BT Sport. “Only two games in between our last game, long flight. Flight back, arrive at 3 O'clock or something and just recover.

"You cannot build mentality giants in one game but tonight we were good. We deserved to win.

"I know that a lot of people were waiting for us to slip again but the boys didn't so I'm really happy."

When asked if the win would provide motivation, he responded: “I don't think motivation works like this. But we all know it – for two years really good, this year we have some problems that's absolutely normal.

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"The talk started and that's fine, problem fine with that. It's just a lot of people expected us to slip again because of the situation but the boys didn't.

"Was the game we needed tonight. Leipzig can be a real monster. The way they play in the Bundesliga they can overrun teams, they are physical, pretty much good at everything. We controlled them in an exceptional way."

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