CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Nagelsmann: Liverpool are favourites but Leipzig are in a good run of form

Liverpool might be slight favourites in their Champions league Last-16 tie against RB Leipzig in Budapest but the Germans are boosted by a four-match winning run.

Nagelsmann: Liverpool are favourites but Leipzig are in a good run of form
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Liverpool might be slight favourites in their Champions league last-16 first leg against RB Leipzig in Budapest but the Germans are boosted by a four-match winning run, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said on Monday.

Leipzig solid at the back

The German side, last year's Champions League semi-finalists, have only conceded one goal in their last three league matches and one German Cup game and are second in the Bundesliga with the best defensive record. "We are in a good flow. We have won the last four matches while Liverpool have not won five out of their last seven," Nagelsmann told a press conference ahead of their departure for Budapest.

The game on Tuesday was moved to Hungary from Leipzig due to travel restrictions between Germany and Britain because of Covid-19. "They are the slight favourites based on their international experience but we have shown that we can hold our own against such teams, both last year and this season with a very tough group stage," Nagelsmann added. "We have clearly developed as a team."

Liverpool in a rut

Liverpool, Champions League winners two seasons ago and last year's Premier League champions, are far from their best, having just lost three league games in a row for the first time since 2014. The Reds sit fourth in the Premier League, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more, after their 3-1 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday.

"A lot depends on what kind of form they are in on the day," Nagelsmann concluded. "We know that Liverpool still are a very good team with world-class players. It is always difficult to defend against them. The results in the Premier League don't count in the Champions League. They have written off the league title and will be 100% focused for game tomorrow."