RB Leipzig will look to reverse a 2-0 deficit as they face Liverpool in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Due to Covid-19 quarantine rules, the location of the round of 16 second leg between Liverpool and RB Leipzig was moved from Anfield to Budapest. Bundesliga The clubs will otherwise have to quarantine themselves for two weeks and, going through their home form, Liverpool might not feel too bad about the change of venue.
An injury-ravaged Liverpool has been in horrific shape in the premier league. They have lost all of their last six home games after going undefeated at Anfield for 68 straight before their collapse. Injury played a major role in Liverpool’s surrender, but the fact that their attackers did not shoot is also a major cause for concern.
Liverpool will desperately want to retain that 2-0 advantage in the first leg when they face RB Leipzig. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were on the scoresheet for the Merseysiders but RB Leipzig didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory with their poor defense on the night.
Since then, Julian Nagelsmann’s side have won four straight games, scoring 11 goals and conceding just two. However, they will be wary that Liverpool are lacking in confidence and the game is really there for the taking if they can shake their opponents.
Liverpool vs RB Leipzig head to head
The first leg of this meeting was the only time the two teams have faced each other in the past. Liverpool won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
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Liverpool vs RB Leipzig team news
Jurgen Klopp has a host of injury issues to deal with. Defenders Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are all absent. Midfielder Jordan Henderson is also sidelined.
Ozan Kabak and Roberto Firmino missed their last outing against Fulham due to injuries and will face late fitness tests ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Injuries: Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip
Doubtful: Ozan Kabak and Roberto Firmino
Willi Orban and Angelino did not play in RB Leipzig’s 3-0 win over Freiburg. They have doubts about this game, but Nagelsmann is hoping the duo can make the cut. Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai are both injured and excluded from the second leg.
Injuries: Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai
Doubtful: Willi Orban and Angelino
Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Scheduled lineup
Liverpool predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Nathaniel Phillips, Andrew Robertson; Curtis Jones, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcântara; Diogo Jota, Mohamed salah, Sadio Mané
RB Leipzig predicts XI (3-5-2): To fart Gulácsi; Tyler Adams, Nordi Mukiele, Dayot Upamecano, Lukas Klostermann; Marcel Sabitzer, Kevin Kampl; Dani Olmo, Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Christopher Nkunku
Prediction Liverpool vs RB Leipzig
Liverpool have lost six of their last eight games. RB Leipzig have lost just one of their last nine games and that loss came in the first leg against Liverpool. The Bundesliga squad appear to be in much better shape and we expect them to hit the Merseysiders. But Liverpool could do enough to progress.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-3 RB Leipzig