Match: RB Leipzig vs Liverpool (Round of 16)
Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest
Time: 01:30 AM (IST)
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool: Can Liverpool’s trio crash in-form Leipzig at their home?
We’re all aware what damage can Liverpool’s trio cause to any team. Salah, Mane & Firmino are all itching for a comeback after a humiliating home defeat against Manchester City. Leipzig will be looking for an opening in Liverpool and a similar strategy to Guardiola’s.
Even though Leipzig doesn’t have the speed of Sterling, or the consistency of Gundogan, they’ve been playing some powerful football with an unbreakable defense. For now, RB Leipzig has the better defense. The entire team has a total of 914 interceptions and 33 blocks with Dayotchanculle Upamecano and Willi Orban heading the steel wall.
Head to Head
Position in Bundesliga: 2
Position in Premier League: 4
Both squads are fit and there have been no news on injury from either side. Jurgen Klopp has clearly stated that Leipzig are not to be underestimated as it’s the same team that ended Manchester United’s run in UEFA last season. They’re just below Bayern Munich on the table and are a difficult team to face away from home.
Player Form Guide
Salah (Premier League – 20/21)
Total Minutes Played: 1948
Minutes Per Match: 89
Mane (Premier League – 20/21)
Total Minutes Played: 1807
Minutes Per Match: 90
Angelino (Bundesliga – 20/21)
Total Minutes Played: 1777
Minutes Per Match: 94
Leipzig: Gulacsi; Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Kampl, Sabitzer (Captain), Angelino; Haidara, Olmo; Forsberg
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson (Captain), Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Key Player Matchups
Stat Credits: one-versus-one.com
Upamecano (yellow) vs. Salah (Blue)
Olmo vs Fabinho
Gulacsi has been proving himself continuously in the Bundesliga. With Orban and Upamecano, Gulacsi gets impossible to get through.
Defenders: Arnold, Robertson, Upamecano
Alexander Arnold and Robertson have been providing assists every match consistently. Not taking them would be a mistake. On the other hand, Upamecano looks difficult to get through as his interceptions and tackles are becoming cleaner by the minute.
Midfielders: Angelino, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Olmo
There’s absolutely no comparison to Angelino. He has been consistently scoring goals in both: Bundesliga and Champions League. Olmo has been striking assists left and right. Wijnaldum and Thiago both have a similar playstyle, with Thiago playing outside the box and Wijnaldum inside.
Attackers: Forsberg, Salah, Mane
Salah and Mane have been pretty consistent in scoring goals. While Forsberg has an exceptional record of moving past defenses with ease.
Captain & Vice-Captain Selection
Angelino, Salah and Mane are top choices for captain. While for Vice Captain you can go with Angelino, Wijnaldum or Forsberg.