Jurgen Klopp maintains Liverpool have no room for complacency coming into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 against RB Leipzig.
The Reds and Leipzig return to the same venue tonight for the return leg, with the Germans ready to fancy their chances against out-of-form Premier League giants.
Though it may sound awkward, the Merseyside giants relish the prospect of playing their ‘home’ game on neutral, alien territory, given their recent fortunes at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has lost each of his last six competitive home matches on home turf, one more than he managed in his first 100 games in charge of Liverpool.
Considering that the Reds succumbed to the likes of Burnley, Brighton, and Fulham in the abovementioned six-game sequence, it comes strange that they failed to find the net.
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Therefore, Klopp is reluctant to write off an in-form Leipzig side ahead of their Champions League rematch as he urges his players to stay focused.
“We arrive back this evening knowing we are only at half-time. Nothing is done. The contest is still to be won. No outcome guaranteed,” the German manager told the club’s official website.
“As a club and as a team, we know better than most that having a lead in the Champions League is only as good as what you do with it.
“If the scoreline was reversed, I know I would still view our chances as very good. It will certainly be the case for our opponent.
“We have a lead – which we have earned – that is all.”
Coming off the back of four consecutive wins in all competitions, Leipzig will be confident of their ability to stage a comeback.
The Red Bull outfit have netted at least twice in their last four competitive outings, managing an intimidating average of 2.75 goals scored per game.
Julian Naglesmann boasts devastating firepower upfront that could do a lot of harm to Liverpool’s fragile backline.
With Virgin Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip all out of the picture, Klopp will be desperate to have Ozan Kabak back to full fitness by the kick-off.
Otherwise, the former Borussia Dortmund tactician may have to take the risk of fielding the inexperienced tandem Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips that failed to hold tight against Fulham last weekend.