Liverpool are back in action in the UEFA Champions League as they travel to Germany to take on an in-form RB Leipzig side.
Liverpool return to Champions League action on Tuesday with a match against RB Leipzig to play out the first leg of the Round of 16. The Reds have gone on a winless streak in February and are now set to travel to the Budapest Arena with their Premier League title defense now in tatters.
The Champions League represents their only last realistic route to silverware this season, but they take on a Leipzig side in fine form with four successive wins in all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp will keep faith in Alisson Becker despite another mistake on the weekend that cost Liverpool the game against Leicester City. Fabinho was ruled out of the defeat to the Foxes on Saturday after picking up a “little muscle injury”, and he will need to be assessed ahead of the trip to Budapest to determine whether he is ready to return for Champions League action.
The nature of muscle injuries, coupled with the quick turnaround in fixtures and the fact that he missed training again on Monday, means that he remains a major doubt, which could see Ozan Kabak partner Jordan Henderson at center-back again.
Kabak has had a rather unfortunate start at his new club as his debut went horribly wrong after a clash against Alisson Becker saw Jaime Vardy slot the ball home into an open net. The young Turkish defender will look to turn his fortune around against a familiar opponent from his Schalke days.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Roberston will play right-back and left-back respectively to provide the usual attacking thrust and defensive solidity. Both Robertson and Arnold have not had their best campaigns this season in the Premier League, however, the Champions League has been one competition where both these full-backs have flourished in the past.
Klopp will rely on Thiago Alcantara and the ever-reliable Gini Wijnaldum to provide much needed physical and ball retention in midfield. Curtis Jones will provide energy and will act as the ball carrier in midfield to provide balls for the front three to feed on. Finally, the Reds will rely on the services of their offensive trifecta of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino against RB Leipzig.