Liverpool pair Ozan Kabak and Roberto Firmino are expected to be fit for the Reds’ crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig this week.
Jurgen Klopp’s men make the trip to Budapest to face the Bundesliga side on Wednesday night, taking a 2-0 lead into their last-16 second leg ‘home’ meeting.
Kabak and Firmino both missed Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham on Sunday through injury, as the Premier League champions’ awful form at Anfield continues.
Jurgen Klopp has been boosted by the news that the duo will be in contention to start against Leipzig, however, with the The Athletic [via HITC] confirming that they are expected to be available for selection.
With Liverpool’s league campaign falling to pieces, Wednesday’s match now has even greater meaning, with the Champions League now surely their primary focus this season.
If they can squeeze past Leipzig and avoid a disastrous European elimination, an almost three-week break is coming up later this month and into April, allowing Klopp and his players to regroup physically and mentally.
Winning the Champions League still feels highly unlikely, but Liverpool have shown in the past that nothing is impossible, with their 2005 triumph in Istanbul the perfect example of that.
Kabak should start at the back for the Leipzig game, preferably alongside Fabinho, but Firmino’s poor form means he could struggle to oust Diogo Jota, with the Portuguese now back fit again and potentially starting alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Jota could take up Mane’s left-sided role, with the Senegalese playing on the right and Salah leading the line, as he did against Fulham on Sunday.