Liverpool continue their pre-season preparations ahead of their Premier League title defence with a tough looking fixture against Red Bull Salzburg.
The two sides met in last season’s Champions League group stage, with Liverpool winning 4-3 at Anfield – having led 3-0 at half-time – and 2-0 at the Red Bull Arena to seal their place in the knockout stage.
The sides meet once more at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
The Reds’ training camp has been based in Austria for the last week or two, with the squad receiving exemption from the government regarding self-isolation rules upon their return after the nation was subsequently added to the UK’s Coronavirus quarantine list.
“We’re in our own bubble,” Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told the club website.
“We do nothing to bring anybody or ourselves into danger and we just focus on football.
“Wherever we would be – in England, anywhere else or in Austria – we would do absolutely everything possible to make sure we create a safe place.”
In terms of the match itself, Klopp revealed he expects to name “the same squad like the Stuttgart game” on Saturday, when Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners against their German opponents.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all played the first 45 minutes.
They were replaced at half-time by some of the more peripheral and young players in the champions’ squad, with Rhian Brewster scoring the last goal of the game.
It looks likely Klopp will essentially select two teams once again, especially with the Community Shield against Arsenal taking place just four days later.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will join Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip on the sidelines, though, after sustaining a knee injury in training.
Takumi Minamino should play some part against his former side, having left Salzburg for Liverpool in January.
Salzburg will not have Erling Braut Haaland or Hwang Hee-Chan to call upon either, with their former strikers now plying their trade in Germany, for Dortmund and Leipzig respectively.
Klopp still expects a tough test for his side, however, especially in terms of dealing with Salzburg’s high-press:
“A few players are still there – defensively, I think nothing happened too much,” Klopp said of Jesse Marsch’s team.
“Obviously offensively we [now] have Taki [Minamino], Haaland left and Hwang left as well, so three very dominant players for them. It will be interesting.
“They’ve always had solutions in the last years, always had solutions, and the style never really changed. It was always very lively, very aggressive, so it will be a challenge for us. For our build-up especially they will press us all over the place and that’s good. It’s what we wanted and when you play Salzburg you know you get a high energy and high intensity opponent. We have to be ready.”
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