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LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) - Liverpool might be slight favourites in their Champions league last-16 first leg against RB Leipzig in Budapest but the Germans are boosted by a four-match winning run, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said on Monday.
The German side, last year's Champions League semi-finalists, have only conceded one goal in their last three league matches and one German Cup game and are second in the Bundesliga with the best defensive record.
"We are in a good flow. We have won the last four matches while Liverpool have not won five out of their last seven," Nagelsmann told a news conference ahead of their departure for Budapest.
UEFA moves Leipzig-Liverpool to Budapest
The Champions League round of 16 first leg between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC will take place in Budapest. This was announced by UEFA on Sunday. © picture alliance "Home game" in Hungary: Leipzig has to move to the Puskas Arena in Budapest. Because of the entry ban for Liverpool FC, it was clear on Thursday that Leipzig would not receive the Reds for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 in Saxony.
The game on Tuesday was moved to Hungary from Leipzig due to travel restrictions between Germany and Britain because of COVID-19.
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"They are the slight favourites based on their international experience but we have shown that we can hold our own against such teams, both last year and this season with a very tough group stage," Nagelsmann said. "We have clearly developed as a team."
Liverpool, Champions League winners two seasons ago and last year's Premier League champions, are far from their best, having just lost three league games in a row for the first time since 2014.
Liverpool sit fourth in the Premier League, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more, after their loss to Leicester City on Saturday.
"A lot depends on the form of the day," Nagelsmann said. "We know that Liverpool still are a very good team with world-class players. It is always difficult to defend against them."
"The results in the Premier League don't count in the Champions League. They have written off the league title and will be 100% focused for game tomorrow."
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)
Nagelsmann: Leipzig overturning 2-0 deficit isn't impossible .
RB Leipzig are still bullish of turning around their Champions League last-16 tie in the second leg in Liverpool in March.Leipzig were beaten 2-0 in their 'home tie' in Budapest by the English champions, who will host the German club in Liverpool in early March for the second leg.