Date: 11th March 2021
Time: 1:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest
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Liverpool will lock horns with RB Leipzig in the second leg of UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this contest with a 2-0 advantage. Goals from Salah and Mane were the difference when the two sides met at the same venue for the first leg last month. With a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs, the stage is set for a thrilling contest at the Puskas Arena.
Liverpool will be without a few key absentees which includes Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip. Meanwhile, Ozan Kabak and Roberto Firmino, who missed their previous contest against Fulham due to respectively injuries, are also doubtful for the contest.
Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai won’t feature in this contest due to injuries. On the other hand, there is a lot of uncertainly about the availability of Willi Orban and Angelino for this all-important clash.
Liverpool have been in horrendous form lately in the league, however they have performed fairly well in Champions League. While Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are there key men, mid-fielder Curtis Jones could be a differential factor in this contest. The 20-year-old provided a fantastic assist in the first leg and could be the driving force in Liverpool’s midfield in the absence of Jordan Henderson. Diogo Jota, who has just returned from his injury, has already scored 9 goals across all competitions this season and could be a player to watch out for in this contest.
On the other hand, Christopher Nkunku has been one of RB Leipzig’s most-impressive player in recent times and could play a crucial role in this contest. While Alexander Sorloth could start from the bench, he could prove out to be an X-Factor in this contest. Sorloth has scored in the previous 2 matches in the league and has the knack of scoring important goals. The 25-year-old scored an extra-time winner against Mönchengladbach just 2 weeks back and must be raring with confidence. Yussuf Poulsen has also found his scoring touch and could prove to be a vital player in this contest.
Probable Playing 11
Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Nathaniel Phillips, Andrew Robertson; Curtis Jones, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcântara; Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
Peter Gulácsi; Tyler Adams, Nordi Mukiele, Dayot Upamecano, Lukas Klostermann; Marcel Sabitzer, Kevin Kampl; Dani Olmo, Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Christopher Nkunku
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Peter Gulácsi
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Dayot Upamecano
Midfielders: Marcel Sabitzer, Curtis Jones, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Emil Forsberg
Strikers: Mohamed Salah, Yussuf Poulsen, Christopher Nkunku, Alexander Sorloth
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