Liverpool is entering this second leg with a pretty nice background, as they were victorious in the first, outplaying the Germans with a 2:0 result.
The fact is that their form significantly decreased, as they lost the race for a title in Premiership, and might even miss the European exit this season, currently being at 8th spot in the overall standings. In their last match against underdogs from Fulham, the Reds made another setback, suffering a defeat with a minimal result, playing at their home stadium.
They simply don’t look like a team that they were from the first part of the season, and this Champions League campaign is pretty much the last straw they can hold on to.
Central defender van Dijk (5/1) is still out, as well as central-back Gomez (7/0), Matip (10/1), Kabak (4/0), midfielder Henderson (21/1). Goalkeeper Kelleher (2/0) and forward Firmino (27/6) are doutbful for the moment.
Leipzig, on the other hand, is looking confident in their performances, currently being at 2nd spot in Bundesliga, having only two points less than leaders from Munich.
In their last match on the road to Freiburg, they justified the role of a strong favorite and recorded a routine 0:3 victory, seemingly without too much effort and not allowing a lot of space for Freiburg to create something.
Even though they are entering this European clash with two goals deficit, their appearances back in Germany instill the confidence that they are more than capable to spice this one up.
Left-back Angelino (21/4) and central-back Orban (20/4) are doutbful at the moment for the guests. Injured remains newly signed offensive midfielder Szobodzlai who didn’t play yet anyway, as well as defender Halstenberg (17/2) should be out injured.
They might run into problems
With the way the Reds are performing recently, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if they run into problems here, with the Germans knowing that they need to approach the game as risky as possible from the start.
Betting on their victory seems like a long shot, however, they should be able to spice up the match and make it really interesting to watch this time, meanwhile, the Reds will definitely have a lot of room for the counter-attacks, even with the form they currently have.