RB Leipzig have been boosted by the news that key man Marcel Sabitzer is fit to face Liverpool on Wednesday evening.
Liverpool take a 2-0 lead into the match, having scored two vital away goals in the first leg, but they are looking to overcome a run of terrible form.
Sabitzer played in that game but failed to make an impact – he was actually at fault for Mohamed Salah’s opener – but he has five goals and two assists to his name in the Bundesliga this season.
Sunday’s 1-0 loss at home to Fulham was Liverpool’s sixth home defeat in a row and failure to up their game against Leipzig could be fatal.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side may not have impressed in the first leg, but they are battling Bayern Munich for the league title and have a host of dangerous players, including Sabitzer.
An early away goal for Leipzig would give the tie a very different complexion, especially with Liverpool’s confidence low at the moment, so the Reds must be switched on from the start.
If they get can get through this round, Jurgen Klopp’s men have an almost three-week break to look forward after Monday’s trip to Wolves, meaning they could regroup and focus on a huge quarter-final clash with someone.