Liverpool will face German side RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie on Tuesday night.
But the game will not take place in Germany. Due to Covid travel restrictions, the away fixture will instead be played at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, Hungary.
The Reds will head to the continent with the knowledge that history is on their side, as European ties against German sides have generally been part of a long run in the competitions in recent times.
The last five times Liverpool have played, and beaten, a German side over two legs, they have gone on to reach a European final.
In 2004/05, the season Liverpool famously won in Istanbul, the Reds beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 home and away. It was 11 years until they next faced a German side in Europe with a 0-0 draw at Augsburg and then a narrow 1-0 victory at Anfield thanks to an early James Milner penalty in the Europa League Round of 32.
Then, in the same campaign, after knocking out Manchester United in the Round of 16, Liverpool faced Borussia Dortmund. Drawing the first leg 1-1 at Signal Iduna Park and then winning 4-3 at Anfield thanks to THAT late goal from Dejan Lovren.
Liverpool went on to final of the Europa League that season, but lost to 3-1 to Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.
And then in 2017/18 the Reds played Hoffenheim in the Champions League Playoff, as they finished fourth in the league the year before.
Jürgen Klopp’s men were victorious over both legs, 2-1 away at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena and 4-2 at Anfield and went on to the final but lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.Embed from Getty Images
The most recent outing was a 0-0 draw against Thiago’s Bayern Munich at Anfield in the 2018/19 season and then a 3-1 victory away in Germany at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League Round of 16 – of course the Reds went on to lift the trophy.
It is also worth noting that Liverpool have an outstanding record against German sides. The Reds have not lost a game against a side from Germany since 2002, against Leverkusen.
And the last defeat before then was in 1973 against Borussia Monchengladbach in 1973 UEFA Cup Final.
In European competitions, throughout the years, Liverpool have played German sides 36 times and only lost on six of those occasions, scoring 66 goals in that time and conceding 33.
Famous victories over German sides include a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the 2001 Super Cup final, a 3-1 victory over ‘Gladbach in the 1976/77 European Cup final and then a 7-1 victory over Hamburg, across two legs in the following European Super Cup.
Liverpool really do have a superb record against German sides and if history is anything to go off, Liverpool are in a great position to advance through to the next round after RB Leipzig – and hopefully then to the final.
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