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Rio Ferdinand explains why clubs will look forward to playing Liverpool despite Leipzig win

Rio Ferdinand believes that despite Liverpool’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League, the Reds won’t have any teams quaking in their boots.

Liverpool looked to be edging back to their best as they brushed past Leipzig in Hungary.

The Premier League champions thought they’d made the breakthrough when Roberto Firmino tapped home from a Sadio Mane pass before the interval, but the winger took the ball out of play in the build-up.

Mohamed Salah and Mane grabbed a goal each in the second half as the Reds put the game – and perhaps the tie itself – to bed.

Rio Ferdinand discussed Liverpool’s performance against RB Leipzig

But despite their performance, Ferdinand believes there were still cracks in the foundations of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Speaking to BT Sport afterwards, the former defender explained that Leipzig could have scored if they had more about them on Tuesday night.

“I think other teams who are looking at them won’t be too carried away with the way Liverpool played today because they’ve still going to get chances,” Ferdinand said.

Liverpool looked relatively solid at the back against RB Leipzig

“I think Leipzig could have had one or two goals, if you’re being hugely critical. They were getting in.”

Liverpool attempted to heal their defensive crisis against Leipzig by playing Ozan Kabak and Jordan Henderson at the back, with the former in particular having a solid game.

And Klopp appeared to be delighted with the way his side defended, while refusing to get carried away.

Liverpool took their chances well in front of goal with Sadio Mane scoring the second

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The Liverpool boss said: “Yeah it was a tough game. 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.”

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