Ozan Kabak and Roberto Firmino should both be back in contention for Liverpool’s Champions League round of 16 second leg against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, according to The Athletic‘s James Pearce.
The pair were missing on Sunday as Liverpool slumped to a sixth consecutive home defeat against Fulham. However, their injuries were understood to be minor, and Jurgen Klopp should have them available again as he plots a route into the last eight of the competition.
Liverpool’s domestic path to Champions League qualification is narrowing, and so they might have to win the competition to avoid the huge financial blow of missing out on it next season. They carry a 2-0 lead into the second leg, nominally their ‘home’ fixture.
Firmino and Kabak both started the first meeting in Budapest three weeks ago. The struggling Brazilian has yet to score in Europe this season, while Kabak is battling to win over some doubtful Reds fans, as well as his manager, as the club decide whether to exercise their option to buy the on-loan defender.
Liverpool fans take little encouragement from Firmino/Kabak return
“Is it compulsory for Kabak to play in that Liverpool squad…”
“We will still lose…”
“Start Nat and not Kabak, he’s been brilliant”
“So you’re saying we’ll lose again”
“Firmino hasn’t been fit for over 2 years.”
“And what changes?? Trash”
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