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Thursday 23 January 2020

klopp's Reds top of pile

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson celebrates after the final whistle during the Champions League match at the Red Bull Arena, Salzburg
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson celebrates after the final whistle during the Champions League match at the Red Bull Arena, Salzburg

Liverpool star Andy Robertson has challenged the Reds to prove they are good enough to go all the way, again, in the Champions League.

The European champions eased into the knockout phase with a 2-0 win away to Red Bull Salzburg, goals in the space of two minutes from Naby Keita and Mo Salah.

They can now focus on the Premier League title race until the Champions League resumes in February and Europe is still a major goal for the Reds who topped their group table.

"We're through to the last 16. We know what we can do there, we've proved it in the last couple of years. It's up to us to prove it again," said Robertson.

Jurgen Klopp hailed his players for their ability to swat away an Austrian side who tested the Reds in the first half before Liverpool took control.

"We are ready to accept difficult challenges because the team has the character to accept challenges," he said.

"We had to put a proper shift in, but when we played calm we were in front of their goal.

"They were sitters, pretty much. Salah, with the most difficult situation of the whole night, got his goal in the end.

"It was a tough game but we were there - that's what I love from my team. Salzburg did so many smart things, but we had the big chances. It was a very intense game. In the second half they obviously couldn't cope with that intensity."

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