Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Liverpool vs RB Leipzig UCL 10/3/21 9pm

 Liverpool and RB Leipzig will return to the Puskas Arena in Budapest for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday evening.

The Reds come into the match boasting a 2-0 lead from the first leg, which was also held on neutral territory at the same venue, and will hope to put their domestic difficulties to one side and book a quarter-final spot for the third time in four seasons.

.Reasons for cheer are few and far between for Liverpool at the moment, but the first leg of this tie on February 16 was a rare high point in 2021 so far.

A 2-0 victory in the 'away' leg at the Puskas Arena means that Jurgen Klopp's side return to Hungary with one foot in the quarter-final, and they have never before been knocked out of this competition after winning away from home in the first leg.

The Reds have also remarkably never lost any of their previous 20 'home' matches against German opposition, winning 16 and drawing four with an aggregate score of 52-9, although it is difficult to class this match amongst the rest given that it takes place in Hungary, while Liverpool have made a habit of setting unwanted history in recent weeks.

Indeed, Klopp and his players are probably pleased that this match is taking place 1,300 miles away from Merseyside given that they have now incredibly lost their last six games at Anfield - the worst run in the club's 129-year history.

The most recent of those was a 1-0 reverse at the hands of relegation-threatened Fulham on Sunday, meaning that Liverpool are also still without a goal from open play at home this calendar year; their only home goal of any kind in their last seven outings came via the penalty spot in a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.

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