Leipzig get ready for Liverpool with win

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Leipzig have warmed up for Liverpool in the Champions League with a hard-fought 2-1 win over visiting Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann would be relieved to see his team consolidate second place without any major injury worries ahead of Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 first leg game in Budapest.

The match was switched to Hungary as German authorities did not give Liverpool an exemption against restrictions affecting visitors from Britain due to coronavirus mutations.

Leipzig had to wait until the 38th minute for the breakthrough when Dani Olmo scored a penalty at the second attempt.

Rafal Gikiewicz saved the Spaniard's first attempt but was ordered to face him again after a VAR check showed he moved ahead of the goal-line before saving.

Gikiewicz had been booked already for complaining when Reece Oxford conceded the penalty for catching Nordi Mukiele as he attempted a clearance, so the Polish goalkeeper had to restrain himself from further complaints despite his evident annoyance.

Olmo seized his second chance and Yussuf Poulsen set up Christopher Nkunku for Leipzig's second goal five minutes later.

Augsburg offered little in response until Leipzig substitute Ibrahima Konate conceded a penalty for a foul on Mads Pedersen.

Daniel Caligiuri converted the visitors' first real chance from the spot in the 77th.

Nkunku struck the post late on and Leipzig survived a goalmouth scramble in injury time to see out the win which moved them to within four points of Bundesliga leaders and newly crowned world club champions Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, France defender Dayot Upamecano will leave Leipzig for Bayern Munich after the season, Bayern board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic told the Bild paper.

Upamecano, 22, is to join Munich until 2026 as the winners of six trophies over the past months activated a release clause of 43 million euros ($A67 million) in the player's contract.

"I was always convinced that we had a good concept. We presented him with our vision for his career at FC Bayern," Salihamidzic said.

"At the end of a long process the player, the family and the mangement were convinced that Bayern are the right partners."