Liverpool travel to Hungary as they embark on winning their seventh European Cup. Despite being due to host the first leg, RB Leipzig were forced to make the Puskas Arena their temporary home due to government restrictions in Germany.
It remains likely that the second leg will be housed away from Anfield.
In what will be the third and fourth meeting between Jürgen Klopp and German compatriot Julian Nagelsmann, it offers an interesting spectacle as the Leipzig head coach is no stranger to praising the Reds manager.
Liverpool’s torrid run of form has saw them slip down the table following a run of three straight defeats.
Die Roten Bullen, on the other hand, have won four of their last five and sit in second place just four points behind reigning Bundesliga and Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
We asked LFCTR writers which RB Leipzig player would fit in the Liverpool team.
Marcel Sabitzer: Leipzig’s Answer to Gerrard
The Leipzig skipper would be a perfect fit for Liverpool, he would definitely be the next midfielder to control the centre of the park for the Reds.
A full Austrian international, the 26-year-old possesses a quick turn of pace to beat defenders and get out of isolated positions.
Having already showed glimpses of quality, he has shown shades of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
Speaking of Gerrard-esque attributes, he unleashed a ferocious right-footed volley against Zenit St. Petersburg.
Accompanying this, his passing repertoire would be a welcome addition and fit perfectly into the squad, making him an ideal Liverpool midfielder, one that would be welcome at Anfield.
Ibrahima Konate: Future Liverpool defender?
With Dayot Upamecano being Bayern bound, there is only one answer -Ibrahima Konate.
At the moment Konate would be Liverpool’s best centre half and that is putting it lightly.
The club has shown serious interest in the French defender and it is easy to see why.
The Frenchman is comfortable with the ball at his feet and is strong in the air so he would suit Jurgen Klopp’s playstyle perfectly.
Dayot Upamecano: Liverpool missing a trick?
Considering the defensive issues Liverpool have had to endure, Dayot Upamecano would be welcomed to Anfield with open arms.
The Frenchman has been on the Reds’ radar for years and it is easy to see why. Strong, agile, intelligent and comfortable on the ball, the 22 year-old is one of football’s brightest talents.
Leipzig have conceded the fewest goals in this season’s Bundesliga (18), sitting second in the table – and Upamecano is a big reason for that.
Unfortunately, he was snatched by giants Bayern Munich on Sunday, after they triggered his release clause of €42.5 million. What Liverpool would do to have a player like him right now.
Leipzig have an absolute gem in Dominik Szoboszlai. The 20-year-old Hungarian is a midfield maestro and has an eye for a goal or two.
Last season for Salzburg, Szoboszlai registered 9 goals and 14 assists in just 27 appearances – imagine him playing behind the Liverpool attacking trio.
Voted the 2019/2020 Austrian Bundesliga player of the year Szoboszlai is great in possession and pings a ball like a Hungarian Steven Gerrard.
The future is bright for this young superstar, just picture his progression under Jurgen Klopp.
With the departure of Gini Wijnaldum now inevitable, a viable replacement could be 26-year-old midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.
While possessing the necessary attributes of a Jurgen Klopp engine room with an all-action style, the Austrian also has an immense goal threat in his artillery. 88 goal contributions in 213 Leipzig outings, finding the net on 48 occasions, represents an excellent return.
In contrast, Liverpool’s Dutchman has contributed just 38 in a similar number of outings, with 219.
Sabitzer is also widely known for his long-range shooting ability, which can prove crucial against low-blocks. With the 26-year-old’s contract up next summer, it is one the Reds could closely monitor.
Players Picked to Join Liverpool
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