RB Leipzig v Liverpool Live Commentary & Result, 16/02/2021, UEFA Champions League


42′ Kampl catches Jones with a late challenge and hands Liverpool a free-kick on the right flank in a useful position.

41′ Alexander-Arnold tries to send Mane behind Mukiele down the left flank, but he overhits his delivery out for a goal-kick.

38′ OVER! Olmo drifts off the back of Henderson and rises to head at goal from Angelino’s cross, but he can only head his effort over the bar.

36′ DISALLOWED GOAL! Mane sees a strike charged down by Mukiele and then miscues a second effort after being teed up Firmino. The ball heads towards the byline, but the forward scoops a cross back into the middle for Firmino to head home. However, the lineman spots the ball was out before th Senegalese sent it back into the middle.

33′ Gulacsi falls into the net as he races back to his goal. He requires treatment, but is fine to continue for the German side.

32′ OVER! Gulacsi has to scamper off his line to clear ahead of Mane as Robertson releases the forward behind the Leipzig defence. However, the clearance travels straight to Robertson and he lifts a strike towards goal with the keeper scampering back. The ball travels towards the target, but sails narrowly over the bar.

30′ Henderson has to be alert in the box to direct Angelino’s cross from the left flank behind for a corner. The full-back has been a threat down on the wing for the German side.

27′ WIDE! Alexander-Arnold works an offload towards Firmino, but the forward hits the ground before connecting with a strike at goal, guiding the ball wide of the right post.

26′ Liverpool are dominating possession and are pushing the German outfit back deep into their own half. Klopp will be pleased with his side’s performance thus far.

24′ OVER! Salah releases Firmino down the right flank and the Brazilian angles a cross into the box. Mane rises above of Mukiele in the box, only to guide his header over the bar.

22′ Klostermann gives the ball away under pressur from Salah and Alexander-Arnold sends a first-time cross into the middle. However, Upamecano is well placed to head clear ahead of Firmino.

20′ Upamecano gives the ball away and Jones releases Salah. The forward has a run at the Leipzig defender, but is unable to break past his opponent.

18′ WIDE! Angelino has space on the left flank and opens up his body to strike at goal, but he plants his effort well wide of the target.

17′ SAVE! Sabitzer collects in an advanced position on the edge of the box. He turns to fire at goal on his right foot, but Alisson gets down to make a comfortable stop.

16′ Liverpool look for the ball behind the Leipzig defence again as Robertson loops a cross deep for Salah. Klostermann tracks it in the air and makes a good headed clearance.

15′ SAVE AND WIDE! Alexander-Arnold releases Salah through on goal in the right inside channel. The forward tries to lift his strike over Gulacsi, but the keeper blocks it with his body. Firmino gathers the rebound, but slams his effort into the side-netting from a tight angle.

13′ Salah chases a ball over the top down the left flank and he has support in the middle. However, his offload goes behind Firmino and Upemecano can clear the danger.

11′ Firmino rises in the box from Alexander-Arnold, but he loops his header straight into the arms of Gulacsi on the bounce.

10′ Mane closes down Mukiele and forces a mistake. The ball falls for Salah in the right inside channel, but Upamecano deflects his cross behind for a corner.

8′ Adams sends a ball over the top for the run of Sabitzer, but the midfielder is caught just a fraction offside he tries to offload for Olmo.

6′ Mukiele brings down Mane with a heavy challenge and is booked by the referee.

5′ Haidara goes into the book for the German outfit.

5′ OFF THE POST! Olmo is denied by the post. Angelino surges down the left flank and cuts a cross back into the box. Olmo connects with a diving header towards the bottom-left corner, but the ball cannons off the post and bounces to safety.

2′ Thiago brings down Sabitzer with a loose challenge. Leipzig get the free-kick and the Liverpool midfielder now has to be very careful.

1′ Salah has space down the right flank and offloads for Alexander-Arnold. He clips a cross towards the near post that is cleared by Upamecano.

1′ We’re underway at the Puskas Arena.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five away games against German sides, in all competitions (W3 D2). Their last defeat was in April 2002 against Bayer Leverkusen, in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League (4-2).

Liverpool have made only one change to their side that was beaten by Leicester at the weekend. Milner is missing due to injury and is replaced by Thiago in the midfield. Klopp keeps faith with Kabak and Alisson despite their mistake for Leicester’s second goal at the weekend.

RB Leipzig have made three changes to their side from their win over Augsburg. Upamecano returns in the backline to replace Orban, who drops to the bench with Halstenberg. Sabitzer gets the nod in the middle of the park, while Adams comes into the side on the left side of a three-man attack. Poulsen starts the contest on the sidelines.

LIVERPOOL SUBS: Adrian, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Ben Davies, Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips, Caoimhin Kelleher, Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson, Neco Williams.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson; Curtis Jones, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

RB LEIPZIG SUBS: Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konate, Yussuf Poulsen, Hwang Hee-Chan, Alexander Sorloth, Lazar Samardzic, Justin Kluivert, Marcel Halstenberg, Josep Martinez, Fabrice Hartmann, Benjamin Heinrichs.

RB LEIPZIG (4-3-3): Peter Gulacsi; Nordi Mukiele, Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano, Angelino; Marcel Sabitzer, Amadou Haidara, Kevin Kampl; Christopher Nkunku, Daniel Olmo, Tyler Adams.

Liverpool have seen the defence of their Premier League crown capitulate over the last few weeks. Jurgen Klopp’s men lost their third game on the bounce in the Premier League, collapsing to a 3-1 loss against Leicester City at the weekend after taking the lead. The Reds need a response and have the perfect opportunity to find their form outside of the pressures of the Premier League. The Merseysiders were impressive in the group stage and will be looking to regain their touch tonight.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions regarding travel into Germany, RB Leipzig have been forced to play their home leg in Hungary. Julian Nagelsmann’s side defeated Manchester United in their final group game to advance to the knockout stage, finishing second in Group H. The German outfit are in dangerous form having won their last four matches in all competitions, including a 2-1 triumph over Augsburg in the Bundesliga last time out. The club reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and will have similar ambitions this term, although the Reds will provide a huge obstacle despite not being at their best.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League round-of-16 clash between RB Leipzig and Liverpool at the Puskas Arena.

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