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10 things to know ahead of RB Leipzig vs. liverpool

The next stage of Liverpool’s pre-season preparations will see them face RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena on Thursday.

RB Leipzig vs. liverpool

Pre-season friendly (3) | Red Bull Arena
Thursday July 21, 2022 | 6:15 p.m. (BST)

Having completed a tour that included a number of routine business engagements, Jurgen Klopp will look forward to the next stage of Liverpool’s summer schedule, with a greater focus on training and tactics.

The Reds returned to England last Saturday, ahead of a few training sessions at the AXA Training Center earlier this week.

They are now set to fly to Germany for a friendly against RB Leipzig, who finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, before attending a training camp in Austria.

1. Team news

Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsay, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kaide Gordon and Diogo Jota have all been in the treatment room and are unlikely to be available.

It’s likely there will be fewer players involved and more playing time for those who are, with Klopp now keen to ensure his senior stars get closer to full fitness.

The starters should be in line to play at least 45 minutes, with a handful having already done so against Crystal Palace last Friday.

2. How could Liverpool line up?

SINGAPORE - Friday July 15, 2022: Liverpool players line up for a team group photo ahead of the Standard Chartered Trophy pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at the National Stadium in Singapore.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the Asia tour over, squad selections for upcoming friendlies may give us some clues as to who will line up at Craven Cottage on August 6.

This could mean, for example, that Klopp wants to start using both Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah alongside Darwin Nunez in attack.

Here are two potential formations the Reds could field in Leipzig on Thursday.

3. Austria – Klopp’s favorite side

GRÖDIG, AUSTRIA - Friday, July 23, 2021: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up ahead of a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and FSV Mainz 05 at Greisbergers Betten-Arena.  (Photo by Jürgen Faichter/Propaganda)

“My time” is how the Liverpool boss explains his side’s trip to Austria.

This is where the Reds will travel to after Thursday’s friendly in Leipzig, for a week-long training camp.

This is where Klopp will step up Liverpool’s preparations for the new season. Without commercial distractions, it will be eat, sleep, train, rehearse, with days made up of more than one session.

The focus will be more on tactics and how Klopp wants to see his team set up this season. Hopefully this will be reflected in the two friends over the next week.

4. What happened in training this week?

Having only returned from Asia after a 14-hour flight late on Saturday, the team had the rest of the weekend to reset their biological clocks.

On Monday, they were back at the AXA Training Center, with a group of 15 players taking part in a session on the pitch.

The rest, mostly made up of senior players including Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Thiago, were doing fitness work in the gymnasium.

Those on the pitch included Joe Gomez, who missed Friday’s win over Palace with a knock, as well as youngsters Stefan Bajcetic, Luke Chambers and Isaac Mabaya, who could be set for greater first-team involvement this season. .

5. At what stage are RB Leipzig in their pre-season?

The 2022/23 Bundesliga campaign begins on the same weekend as the Premier League, with Leipzig traveling to Stuttgart for their opener on Sunday August 7.

Domenico Tedesco’s side have just returned from an Austrian camp which they concluded with a 3-1 friendly victory against Southampton last Saturday.

Leipzig will have their sights set on a title challenge for the next campaign, or at least want to improve on their fourth-place finish from last season.

Their preparations have been boosted by the news that star striker Christopher Nkunku has opted to stay and sign a new contract, despite interest from a host of top European clubs.

6. Back to where it all began for Naby and Ibou

Leipzig, Germany.  16th May, 2021. Football: Bundesliga, Matchday 33, RB Leipzig - VfL Wolfsburg at Red Bull Arena Leipzig.  Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate on the ball.  Credit: Jan Woitas/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa - IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the DFL Deutsche FuBball Liga and/or the DFB Deutscher FuBball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or the match as sequence images and/or video-like photo series./dpa/Alamy Live News

The friendly will give Naby Keita and Ibrahima Konate the chance to reunite with familiar faces, both having joined the Reds from Leipzig in previous years.

Keita has already faced his former side once for the Reds, coming on as a substitute in the last Champions League second leg in the round of 16 second leg in March 2021.

For Konate, however, it will be the first time he has seen some of his former team-mates since his £36m move to Anfield last summer.

7. Klopp ‘not worried at all’ about Nunez

SINGAPORE - Thursday July 14, 2022: Darwin Núñez of Liverpool during a training session at the National Stadium in Singapore ahead of the Standard Chartered Trophy pre-season friendly against Crystal Palace.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Some rival fans are, of course, desperate to see Nunez fail at Liverpool. So much so that there have been compilations highlighting some of his missed pre-season opportunities doing the rounds on social media.

Yes really!

Klopp, however, says he’s happy with what he’s seen from the Uruguayan so far and remains ‘completely convinced of his potential’.

Let’s hope the first of Nunez Liverpool’s many goals is scored on Thursday!

8. Last outing against Leipzig

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - Wednesday, March 10, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg match between Liverpool FC and RB Leipzig at Puskás Aréna.  (Propaganda photo)

The Reds last faced Leipzig in the 2020/21 Champions League Round of 16, with two 2-0 wins taking them through to the quarter-finals with ease.

The matches were played in Budapest and without fans, due to the rise in Covid-19 cases at the time.

The two games, in terms of scoring and goalscoring, were virtually identical, with Salah and Sadio Mane scoring a goal apiece in the second half of each game.

9. Red Bull Arena – Leipzig

It will be the Reds’ first trip to the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig since it became their home stadium in 2010.

Liverpool’s allocation for the game has run out and Leipzig say theirs is too.

There could be up to 42,000 spectators. Not bad for a friend!

10. Follow TIA’s live blog

SINGAPORE - Friday, July 15, 2022: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson (R) celebrates with teammate Harvey Elliott (L) after scoring the opening goal during the Standard Chartered Trophy pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at the National Stadium in Singapore.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool will be available to watch on LFCTV GO from 5.45pm (BST), with a scheduled kick-off at 6.15pm.

However, if you are not a subscriber, This is Anfield will provide you with regular updates in our live blog.

Henry Jackson will keep you company for this one!

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