Liverpool vs RB Leipzig: Combined XI

Sam Jones
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Liverpool will face German side RB Leipzig for the first time in their history on the 16th of February.

However, due to all the uncertainty due to COVID, the game will be played in a neutral venue, the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Both sides near the top of their respective leagues, but unlike Liverpool, Leipzig are in fine form, winning four out of their last five games.

Liverpool approaches the game in poor form, winning two of their last five games and without a win in the last three games.

With that being said, who would make the team if you were to merge the two teams?

Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker

Ever since arriving at Anfield from Roma, Brazilian shot stopper Alisson has been nothing short of world class.

The goalkeeper has had a few blips in recent weeks, but despite this has still been making world class saves, the double save to deny Jamie Vardy comes to mind.

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There’s not doubt Allison deserves this spot in the team, but Leipzig stopper Peter Gulacsi is a good option too.

The Hungarian played for Liverpool but left in 2013 to join RB Salzburg. After, he left to join Leipzig and has been number one there for five years now.

Defenders

Right back – Trent Alexander-Arnold

England international Trent Alexander-Arnold has to take the right back spot in this team.

Alexander-Arnold is a great option at right back and is a real threat going forward.

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His crossing ability is almost unmatched and he has a stunning ability on set pieces.

Trent takes the place over Leipzig starter Nordi Mukiele, who is also a very good right back, but overall doesn’t offer as much as the Liverpool lad.

Centre backs – Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate

The centre back partnership is a all Leipzig affair with French duo Upamecano and Konate.

Both of the defenders were linked with Liverpool in January, before the signings of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were confirmed.

Upamecano has since been confirmed to be signing for Bayern Munich in the summer, but Konate remains high on Liverpool fans wish list for the summer.

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The defence could look very different, however, due to Liverpool’s injury crisis, Virgil Van Dijk is ruled out of the tie meaning he can’t be named in the XI.

Fabinho and Joe Gomez could also be in with a shout but Fabinho is out for the first leg and Gomez is facing the whole season on the side lines.

Left back – Andrew Robertson

Left back goes to Scotland international Andrew Robertson.

Robbo has been a fan favourite on Merseyside ever since arriving from Hull City for just £7 million.

Along with Trent on the right, the defence will supply almost as much danger as the attack with the pair known for their attacking threat.

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Former Manchester City left back Angelino is the option for Leipzig, however the Spaniard isn’t as good defensively as Robertson, but does contribute very well in attacking areas.

Midfielders

Defensive midfielder – Jordan Henderson

There was always going to be a space for skipper Jordan Henderson in this team.

Henderson brings lots of energy to the side and always puts in a good shift in the middle.

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He is versatile so could play anywhere in midfield while also being capable at playing in defence.

The England international would be deployed in central midfield. However due to the injury to Fabinho, Henderson can fill in this role with ease.

Henderson is also a natural leader, so would be the captain of this team.

Central midfield – Marcel Sabitzer and Thiago Alcantara

First up in midfield is Austria internation Marcel Sabitzer.

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Sabitzer is a great creative option in midfield, and offers a goal threat as well. This season in the Bundesliga he has with four goals.

the Austrian was linked with a big move to Tottenham Hotspurs, but the move never materialised.

He will certainly be one to watch in the game.

Partnering Sabitzar is Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

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The Spaniard joined the Reds from German giants Bayern Munich in the summer, meaning he has plenty of experience against Leipzig.

Thiago is widely considered one of the best midfielders in the world and is one of the best passers on the planet.

Despite some criticism from fans, the former Barcelona midfielder is well worth his place in any team.

Attackers: Liverpool Wingers and Leipzig Striker

Right wing – Mohammed Salah

Eygyption king Mohammed Salah was always the obvious choice on the wing.

Salah has now scored over 20 goals in the last four seasons for the Reds, becoming the first person to do so this century.

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Pacey, a good dribbler and with a rocket of a left foot, Salah is always a danger to the opposition.

Arguably the best player in either of the sides, Leipzig will have their work cut out holding off the winger.

Salah is top goalscorer in the Premier League and has a great record in the Champions League, something hell be looking to continue.

Striker – Yussuf Poulsen

RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen takes the striker spot and is a very different option to anyone else available.

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Standing at 6 foot 3, the Denmark international is by far the tallest option available, but is not lacking pace either, making a dangerous threat in the opposition area.

With Alexander-Arnold and Robertson on the wings, Poulsen will be well placed to win the ball in the air and head down to a winger or score striaght from the cross.

Poulsen has scored nine league goals this season, more than Roberto Firmino and new Leipzig signing Alexander Sorloth.

Left wing – Sadio Mane

Liverpool man Sadio Mane completes the line up.

The Senegalese star joined the Reds from Southampton to become the first major signing under Jurgen Klopp.

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Ever since he has been a main stay in the first team, being able to use his pace and agility to get crucial goals for the Reds.

Mane is a world class option and together with Salah and Poulsen would scare and defence in world football.

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