RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann sees the troubled Liverpool FC at an advantage before the duel in the Champions League round of 16. “Basically we are in a very good flow. If Liverpool have a great day they are definitely favorites. I still see them as easy favorites because of their international experience. But we have shown that we can keep up with teams from Europe Top format, “said Nagelsmann before the first leg on Tuesday (9 p.m. live on DAZN) in Budapest.
Liverpool are in crisis in the Premier League with three defeats in their last three games and are 13 points behind leaders Manchester City. Team manager Jürgen Klopp ticked off the title defense on Saturday after the 1: 3 bankruptcy at Leicester City.
The Reds have also been eliminated from the national cup competitions. “So they only have the Champions League focus because they can still win a title there. So I assume that they will go in there with full vigor and try to shake off the things that may not work so well in the league have “, so Nagelsmann.
Optimistically, the coach can fly to Budapest with RB for the “home game” that has been postponed due to the corona, as his team has won the last three Bundesliga games. The 33-year-old had already played against Klopp in the play-offs for the 2017/2018 premier class season with TSG Hoffenheim and was still defeated at the time. The current Leipzig team, which he has been in charge of since 2019, is “significantly further than I saw the team in Hoffenheim at the time,” he said.
In the meantime, Nagelsmann does not want to reduce the round of 16 against Liverpool, whose second leg will be on March 10th at Anfield Road, to the duel with Klopp. However, he takes the 53-year-old successful coach as an example in some areas. “These are of course things that you can take on when it comes to leadership, that you are able to inspire people and put them under your spell,” said the RB coach: “He started as an expert when he saw the audience under his spell and of course as a coach as well. “