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Liverpool striker Salah happy defeating RB Leipzig: Fabinho positional change key to results downturn

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah hit back at their critics after their Champions League win against RB Leipzig.

The Egyptian opened the scoring on Wednesday night for Jurgen Klopp 's side before Sadio Mane 's effort clinched a 4-0 aggregate win.

I scored good numbers this season. I would love to score more," Salah told BT Sport. "It's part of the game that you miss chances.

"You want to score all the time, you want to help your team but as long as the team keep winning, that is the most important thing. I am happy that we scored today and the team won. That is the most important thing."

He continued: "It's a big result for us. We came here after losing a few games in the Premier League. The team is not in the best shape but we want to fight in the Champions League and we will also fight in each game in the Premier League and see what happens.

"It's been tough in the Premier League, everybody can see that. But we don't want it to be tough. It's part of the game.

"Last couple of years we were winning and flying. This year we've had a few injuries and have been unlucky so we're trying to fix that.

"Sometimes it's hard because we don't have a full squad, without 18 players in the team. Sometimes you have young players playing good but we're struggling sometimes to play someone at centre-back. Now we have three or four centre-backs, hopefully we can keep winning."

Elaborating on Liverpool's issues this season, Salah shared his hope that victory over RB Leipzig would ease the pressure on Liverpool and help them turn around their form in the Premier League.

"It's (been) hard. We've had a few players get injuries. Virg, Joe, Joel then Hendo," he said. "We've tried to have Hendo at centre-back.

"We took Fabinho from midfield to centre-back so you lose Fabinho in midfield. It's not his main position. We're unlucky but the most important thing is we need to keep fighting. I know it's really hard and everybody can see that.

"As much as everybody try to give 100% and keep fighting in the game, we just need to take each game at a time and just focus on the game without looking at the big picture.

"Sometimes when you look at the big picture, you get pressure. Too much pressure you carry onto the pitch. We need to leave that pressure off the field and just play football."

He continued: "(Tonight is) really positive. They're a tough team, they played football and made us run a lot.

"We tried to play our way, to press high with the ball and counter-attack. We did well, we won the game and that is the most important thing. There are positives to take from the game and hopefully we can take them into the Premier League as well."

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