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How Liverpool could line up against RB Leipzig

Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Liverpool could line up for Wednesday's Champions League last 16 second leg against RB Leipzig.

Liverpool remain hopeful that Roberto Firmino and Ozan Kabak could both be back available in time for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against RB Leipzig.

The duo joined Liverpool's debilitating injury list for the weekend loss to Fulham, although both injuries are thought to be relatively minor and they will be assessed ahead of the trip to Budapest.

Of the two, Kabak is the most likely to be available having returned to training on Tuesday, while Firmino was absent for that session and so could miss out again on Wednesday.

Firmino and Kabak were two of seven players to make way against Fulham as Jurgen Klopp rang the changes - partially to introduce fresh legs and also no doubt with one eye on this Champions League tie, which has grown in importance which each passing Premier League defeat.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones were the others to lose their places, and all five will be hopeful of a return to the starting XI on Wednesday, although in midfield Naby Keita will be eager to keep his spot against his former club.

Fabinho came off the bench to play in midfield towards the end of that Fulham clash, and he could return to his more natural position for this game if Kabak is deemed fit enough to start.

Nathaniel Phillips was not included in Liverpool's Champions League squad for the group stages but has now been added to their roster, so he is free to start on Wednesday.

Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez all remain sidelined, as does captain Jordan Henderson, but Liverpool are now almost back up to full strength as far as attacking personnel is concerned with Diogo Jota making his first start since December at the weekend.

If Firmino is passed fit then Klopp must decide whether to stick with Jota or recall the under-performing Mane and Firmino, the latter of whom is in an exclusive club alongside Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe as the only players in double figures for both goals and assists in the Champions League since the start of 2017-18.

Mohamed Salah was the only one of the usual front three to start at the weekend, and he will expect to keep his place as Liverpool's top scorer this season, with one of those goals coming in the first leg.

Indeed, Salah is now Liverpool's all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 23 in 40 outings, and a brace would see him become the second-fastest player to reach 25 goals for an English club in the competition, behind only Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United.

James Milner, who was also missing from training on Tuesday, and Georginio Wijnaldum - in addition to the injured Henderson - are one booking away from being banned from the next match.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Jota, Salah, Mane

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
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· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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