Following their loss to the visitors Fulham Fc in the Premier League, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are set to play against the visitors RB Leipzig in the Second Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16.
Date: 10 March 2021 (Wednesday) ; Time: 8:00 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Puskás Aréna, Budapest, Hungary.
This Match was scheduled to take place at Anfield but (like the First Leg) was later moved to Budapest, after careful deliberations and this time, the Reds will be classed as the ‘home’ club.
The current COVID-19 regulations of the State of Bavaria (Germany) prevented RB Leipzig from travelling to the United Kingdom to play the match at Anfield.
Had the Second Leg Tie been taken place at Anfield, then the Bundesliga side would have to undergo 10 days of isolation upon returning from the United Kingdom.
By opting to bench Key Players like Sadio Mané, Fabinho and Thiago Alcântara for the Fulham Fc home game; Jürgen Klopp may have provided some clues on the possible starting XI for the clash with the visitors RB Leipzig.
Ben Davies was declared fit prior to the Fulham Fc home clash but intriguingly, the Englishman was not part of the Matchday squad.
The last time these two faced, the Reds beat the “makeshift” hosts RB Leipzig 0-2 in the First Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16.
Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Prior to the Fulham Fc home clash, Roberto Firmino was ruled out due to a minor knock and might miss the upcoming game.
Ozan Kabak missed the Fulham Fc home game, after picking up an unspecified minor niggle during the Chelsea Fc home game and might miss the upcoming fixture like Firmino.
Captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out until April 2021 after the Englishman underwent a successful corrective surgery on the adductor injury sustained during the Everton Fc home fixture.
After sustaining ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away encounter, Joël Matip has been sidelined for the rest of the Season.
Both Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are currently working on regaining full fitness, after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees.
The Club has been reluctant to set a timescale on the return of the Defensive Trio as they are unlikely to play this Season.
Verdict: This Season; RB Leipzig are currently just 2 points behind the reigning World, European and German Champions FC Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.
The Reds should be wary of RB Leipzig as the German side could come out with all guns blazing and the German side will pose a much sterner test for the “makeshift” hosts.
For the Reds though, a Goal might be more than enough to see them through the next Round of the Champions League 2020-21 knockout stages (as the German side would then require 4 Goals without conceding further).
But; nothing is far from certain for the Reds as they have a frail defence (without their experienced Centre Backs) and a side that is short on confidence, after suffering many defeats!
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