Thiago returns for Liverpool against Leipzig in Budapest

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recalled Thiago Alcantara for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg against RB Leipzig in Budapest.

Thiago replaced James Milner in an otherwise unchanged starting side from the team for the 3-1 loss at Leicester at the weekend which left Liverpool 13 points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League.

 

 

Liverpool (4-3-3)

 

Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Jordan Henderson (c), Andy Robertson; Thiago Alcantara, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

 

Coach: Jurgen Klopp (GER)

 

Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN)Starting line-ups (2000 GMT kick-off)

 

RB Leipzig (3-4-2-1)

 

Peter Gulacsi; Lukas Klostermann, Dayot Upamecano, Nordi Mukiele; Marcel Sabitzer (c), Kevin Kampl, Tyler Adams, Angelino; Amadou Haidara, Dani Olmo; Christopher Nkunku

 

Coach: Julian Nagelsmann (GERLeipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann started with Spain’s Dani Olmo, with playmaker Emil Forsberg sidelined by a knee injury.

 

France defender Dayot Upamecano started at centre-back after it was confirmed at the weekend that he will join Bayern Munich next season.

 

The first-leg tie was moved from Leipzig to Budapest due to Germany’s strict Covid-19 travel restrictions, with the return leg at Anfield scheduled for March 10

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