Liverpool will look to continue their impeccable record against German teams to seal a safe passage through to the quarter-final of the UCL
A 2-0 victory in the away leg at the Puskas Arena means that Liverpool return to Hungary with one foot in the quarter-final, and they have never before been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after winning away from home in the first leg. The Reds have also remarkably never lost any of their previous 20 home matches against German opposition, winning 16 and drawing four with an aggregate score of 52-9, although it is difficult to class this match amongst the rest given that it takes place in Hungary, while Liverpool have made a habit of setting unwanted history in recent weeks.
The Reds missed out on the services of Ozan Kabak in their recent defeat to Fulham, forcing Jurgen Klopp to opt for Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams to start at center-back. This time around, Fabinho could be recalled after being given a breather, with the Brazilian’s experience and game-reading qualities set to play a key role at the heart of the backline.
He will be partnered by Phillips in case Kabak fails to recover in time this midweek. Further changes in the backline should see Trent Alexander-Arnold replacing Neco Williams at right-back. Andrew Robertson and Alisson Becker, though, are guaranteed to continue in their respective positions.
Moving forward, Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to start with Naby Keita who was one of their better performers in the defeat to Fulham. Struggling with injuries for the most of his career at Anfield, the Guinean international could be desperate to perform against his former side, making him the favorite to start alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Thiago in the three-man Liverpool midfield.
And finally, in the attacking unit, Roberto Firmino was a major absentee against Fulham while Sadio Mane was on the bench, likely because of this important encounter against RB Leipzig. Firmino remains a doubt due to his knock, which means Diogo Jota may continue in the three-man attack, alongside Mohamed Salah and Mane.