"He is too offensive” | Leipzig defender identifies Alexander-Arnold weakness

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

12:51 9 Mar 2021

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RB Leipzig defender Angelino says he will be looking to exploit the space in behind Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold on Wednesday night.

Liverpool have a 2-0 lead from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with the Bundesliga outfit but Jurgen Klopp's side have lost three of their four games since.

The Premier League champions have dropped down to 8th place and now it looks like the only chance they have of qualifying for the Champions League next season is to win the competition outright this season.

Leipzig will go into the second leg in Budapest full of confidence after winning four games in a row since the loss at the hands of Liverpool.

Former Manchester City defender Angelino says Leipzig will look to get in behind Liverpool's full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

"It was tough because I thought we played a really good match," Angelo said via the Mail about the first leg.

"We were a few times behind their full-backs. Alexander-Arnold on the ball is unbelievable but he is too offensive.

"But that is his best [quality] so we have to exploit the weakness and hopefully we can get a few more chances like we did in the first game.

"That was our mistake that we did not put them away."

Liverpool have two away goals from the first leg, which was also played in Budapest due to COVID-19 travel restrictions but Angelino is confident Leipzig can turn things around.

"We could have put some pressure on them by scoring some of the chances we got.

"We felt we gave them two mistakes and a team like Liverpool, with the quality they have got, they kill you if you give them just a little bit.

"But we are positive because we played a strong match. If we don't make mistakes and we put our chances away, it can turn around, the situation.

"There is still 90 minutes to go and we will be focused and ready to go again.

"The pressure, I would say, is more on them than us. We are the underdog so we go from behind."

Liverpool's defeat to Fulham on Sunday was their sixth loss in a row at Anfield but manager Jurgen Klopp has the full backing of the club's board.

However, Liverpool could probably have done without the news that Joachim Low will step down as Germany manager at the end of this summer's rearranged European Championships.

It's a job that Klopp has been linked to in the past and he will continue to be asked about until the German Football Association appoint a new manager.

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