Normally, a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg of a Champions League knockout tie would establish a side as clear favourites, but Liverpool have had a rather difficult time of it since the calendar ticked over to 2021 and opponents have noticed.
That means despite heading into Wednesday’s clash down, RB Leipzig see an opponent under pressure. And the pressure Liverpool are under means the German side might not be as out of it as they would have been with a similar scoreline in years past.
“There are still 90 minutes to go, and the pressure I would say is more on them than us,” said Angelino. “But every team has their ups and downs. They can still beat anyone when they have a good day. We just have to be very focused and stick to the plan.
“I think we did quite well in the first game, we were a few times behind their fullbacks. Hopefully we can get a few more chances like we did in the first game, we just have to put them away. That was our mistake that we didn’t put them away.’
While Leipzig perhaps didn’t play badly in the first leg, the reality is that Liverpool played well, too—it was one of the club’s better performances in an extended stretch that hasn’t seen too many of them. Their hope, then, will be for more of the same.
Leipzig may not be entirely out of the tie, and Liverpool’s domestic form may make for difficult viewing for Reds fans, but another performance like in the first leg should still be enough to see them through given their scoreline advantage.