According to multiple reports, the out of form English champions Liverpool, will miss the services of one of their key players to an injury.
Roberto Firmino was absent from training ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 second leg showdown against RB Leizpig with sore knee.
The second leg match is set to be played on Wednesday 1oth March 2021. Due to Covid 19 restrictions in Europe that led to the restriction of travel in some countries to England, Liverpool will use the Puscas Arena in Budapest as their makeshift home ground.
Liverpool come into the match with a massive advantage of away goals as they won 2-0 in the first leg of the fixture. The two goals came in the second half and were scored by arguably Liverpool’s best players; Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane when the teams last met on February 16.
Liverpool are in pole position to secure a spot in the quarter-final draw, despite a stuttering domestic run of form that has seen them lost three of their four league games since the original tie.
With the club drifting further away from the top four, Klopp said he was confident of turning things around in Europe.
What Klopp had t0 say
“two things give me hope in the champions league, the quality of the players and football in general. you always have a chance in the next game, and that is already enough. the second leg works like the second half of a football match…. the way we played in the first leg gives us the advantage to go forward in the competition. I have no doubts about the match, about giving Leipzig a proper fight”
Liverpool fans are in high hopes that they will turn their performance around in this crucial fixture in a bid to maintain their impressive champions league record. The good news for Liverpool is that they have never been eliminated from a European Cup/Champions League knockout tie after winning away from home in the first leg. In addition, the last time they won both legs in the Round of 16 was back in 2008/09 against Real Madrid.
Leipzig are also in high hopes as they eliminated another English side (Manchester United) in the group stages earlier this season. The manager Julian Nagelsmann (below) will be hoping to set up yet another heart break to an English side.
The clash will be a mouth watering one as the 2019 champions face the 2020 semi-finalists.
Liverpool probable line up
T. Alexander-Arnold Fabinho N. Phillips A. Robertson
C. Jones G. Wijnaldum T. Alcantara
D. Jota M. Salah S. Mane
Leipzig probable line up
L. Klostermann D. Upmecano N. Mukiele
A. Haidara C. Nkunku D. Olmo T. Adams
Y. Poulsen E. Forsberg
Leipzig’s in form Manchester City loane Angelino is a doubt for this match after picking up an injury.