Tonight is the first leg between RB Leipzig and Liverpool in Hungary due to COVID-19 laws in Germany which doesn’t allow people from England into the country.Embed from Getty Images
The supposed home side have made two changes from their side from their last game. Dayot Upamecano and Tyler Adams are now in the team replacing Willi Orbán and Yussuf Poulsen.
This is the first start for Upamecano since his transfer to Bayern Munich was confirmed for the end of the season. The German side will hope that the young centre back isn’t distracted for the game.
Julian Nagelsmann is known for tinkering with his team consistently which means it will be difficult for Liverpool to prepare for this game.
Liverpool have made one change from their defeat to Leicester at the weekend, Thiago is in replacing James Milner in midfield. Liverpool has been on a terrible run of form losing five of their last seven games.
The reigning English champions know that the Champions League is their best chance of winning a trophy this season.
Last season Leipzig was able to progress from the last 16 stage beating another English side Tottenham, where Liverpool’s hopes in retaining the Champions League ended after losing to Spanish side Atlético Madrid.
Liverpool will be hoping to do better this season and progressing in the competition which would bring some light to what has been a dark season for Klopp and his side.
Tonight’s game will be kicking off in a few minutes as both teams are coming out for the start of the game.Embed from Getty Images
Alisson will need to perform tonight after two poor performances in a row.
Tonight’s game in the Puskás Aréna has started will RB Leipzig kicking off the game.
1st min: Alisson’s first touch off the ball tonight was to clear to ball up the field which was different to how he would normally play. The Liverpool keeper not taking any risks today, the Manchester City game might be in the goalkeeper’s mind.
5th min: LEIPZIG HITS THE POST: First big chance in the game goes to the German side with Dani Olmo hitting the post with a header inside the box after good play from the German side. The Liverpool defence will need to defend better in the rest of the game if they are going to have a chance in winning this game.
6th min: TWO YELLOW CARD FOR RB LEIPZIG: Nordi Mukiele and Amadou Haidara pick up the first yellow cards of the evening.
10th min: Good first 10 minutes for RB Leipzig putting the Liverpool players under a lot of pressure early on in the game. Nagelsmann will be happy with how his side is looking early on in this huge game.
15th min: CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL: First clear cut chance for Liverpool thanks to a brilliant ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold putting Salah in on goal who tried to chip the ball over the head of the former Liverpool Goalkeeper Gulácsi who stayed big and made a good save.
17th min: Marcel Sabitzer had an effort outside the penalty area which was well held by the Liverpool goalkeeper.Embed from Getty Images
Kabak’s first Champions League start for Liverpool since joining the club in the January transfer window.
20th min: Liverpool will be happy with how the game has started. They know they will need to score tonight to get an away goal advantage. This was their downfall against Atlético Madrid last season.
23rd min: Chance for Mane where he was able to out jump the Leipzig defender but couldn’t get the header on target.
26th min: Each of the Liverpool front three have had chances now in the game but none of them have been able to take their chances tonight. This time Firmino had a chance but completely scuffed the chance kicking the floor. Not a good watch for Liverpool fans.
31st min: GREAT EFFORT FROM ROBERTSON: The Liverpool left-back was almost was able to score from the halfway line after Gulácsi turned into a sweeper keeper. Robertson was inches away from scoring the first goal of the night.
35th min: DISALLOWED GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL: Firmino puts the ball in the net but just before the ball went out of play for a goal kick. Good effort from Mane to try and keep the ball in play but the Liverpool winger couldn’t do so and the score remains nil-nil.
39th min: Liverpool have done well so far in the first half especially after RB Leipzig hit the post early on in the game. However, the English side will feel like they should have scored in the first half.
43rd min: The first half is coming to an end with the score still nil-nil. Both sides will be happy with how things are going as neither team has dominated the game.
END OF THE FIRST HALF: Nil-Nil at half time but Liverpool is the side who has had the most chance in the game so far. RB Leipzig was the closest to scoring with Olmo hitting the post.
In the other game in the Champions League tonight Barcelona and PSG are drawing 1-1 with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé have scored for their sides.
SECOND HALF BEGINS: Liverpool kicks off the second half.
46th min: HUGE CHANCE FOR RB LEIPZIG. Nkunku had a huge chance for RB Leipzig as he was one on one with Alisson and the Liverpool keeper came out victorious. Nkunku tried to chip the ball over Alisson but failed to do so.
50th min: Good start for RB Leipzig in the second half as they have been putting Liverpool under pressure.
53rd min: GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL: Salah scores the first goal in the game and gets a vital away goal for his team. The Liverpool forward was able to punish a mistake from Sabitzer as the RB Leipzig captain put Salah in on goal the Egyptian forward in on goal.
56th min: RB Leipzig have been sloppy in possession at times tonight which led to the Liverpool goal. Nagelsmann will be disappointed with how his side has taken care of the ball this evening.
58th min: GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL: Two quick goals for Liverpool as Mane doubles his sides lead. Mistake from Mukiele in defence as he missed the long ball from Jones, Mane was able to take advantage of this as was able to calmly finish the chance.
60th min: Angeliño had a shot for his side trying to get his team back in the game but was only able to hit the side netting.
64th min: SUBSTITUTIONS FOR RB LEIPZIG: Haidara and Mukiele off for Orbán and Poulsen.
65th min: YELLOW CARD FOR RB LEIPZIG: Angeliño picks up a yellow card for his side bring down Jones will the English side was trying to counter.
68th min: YELLOW CARD FOR LIVERPOOL: Kabak picks up his sides first yellow card this evening sliding tackling Poulsen from behind.
71st min: SUBSTITUTIONS FOR LIVERPOOL: Thiago and Firmino are off for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri.
73rd min: SUBSTITUTION FOR RB LEIPZIG: Kampl is off for Hwang Hee-chan
76th min: YELLOW CARD FOR RB LEIPZIG: Olmo picks up a yellow card for pulling the shirt of Mane: Naglesmann will be fuming with how his side has played in the second half today. Leipzig have been very poor in this half making multiple mistakes.
79th min: Another chance for Angeliño on the volley but he completely mis-hit the ball as the shot went miles wide.
83rd min: Liverpool will be hoping to finish the game with a clean sheet and give RB Leipzig nothing for the return leg at Anfield in a few weeks time.
87th min: Liverpool look like they are going to win this game 2-0, meanwhile in Barcelona, PSG are winning 4-1 which includes a Mbappe hat trick.
90th min: SUBSTITUTION FOR LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s first goalscorer, Salah, is coming off with Neco Williams coming on who’s job will be to see Liverpool home.
93rd min: CHANCE FOR RB LEIPZIG: Huge chance for the German side to get a goal ahead of the game at Anfield. The substitute Hee-chan missed the chance for his side.
FULL TIME: Huge result for Liverpool getting a 2-0 victory away from home. The win will bring much-needed confidence after a poor run of results. Goals from Salah and Mane lead to Liverpool’s victory tonight.
Liverpool fans will be very happy with how their side has played this evening. They will be very happy with how their side performed today especially with Kabak’s performance at centre back who might be the player that fixes Liverpool’s defensive problems without Van Dijk. The young centre back is the MOTM tonight as he was very solid defensively not giving away any easy chances to the opposition and brought in some much-needed confidence.Embed from Getty Images
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