Match Preview: Salzburg vs Liverpool
Date & time: December 10th 2019, 17:55
Where: Red Bull Arena
Is it on: BT Sport
Ref: Danny Makkelie (NL)
At the moment for Liverpool the Premier League is taking care of itself. We're eight points clear of Leicester, a resounding fourteen ahead of champions Man City.
Unfortunately, in the Champions League, things haven't been quite as impressive. The Reds still sit top by a point in their group, and anything other than defeat will see them qualify.
But Salzburg are also in with a slim chance themselves. A strong victory will see them progress, and they've been in good form domestically in recent weeks as well.
So have the Reds though, having lost only once in the league since January, with only one draw in the first sixteen matches of this season. Point is, we should win tomorrow but a draw will do. The home side are a good, young team but they should hold no fear for the lads.
Injuries & Suspension
As was the case at the weekend, both Joel Matip and Fabinho are missing, with Fabinho likely to be out until the start of January and Matip out for another couple of weeks.
Good news for the Reds on another couple of players though as both Gini Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren trained with the rest of the squad today and will travel to Austria. Adam Lallana is missing.
For the Austrian champions Antoine Bernede, Alexander Walke, Sekou Koita and Patrick Farkas are all missing but they retain a strong core to take on the Reds tomorrow night.
Last 5 games:
Salzburg (all comps): W-D-W-D-W
Liverpool (all comps): W-D-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
It's not clear whether Klopp will go with his preferred team against the Austrian side or will opt to mix it up again ahead of the weekend.
Liverpool have an extra day rest after tomorrow, and with us looking to secure qualification out of the group stage, we may well go stronger than expected simply to get the job done.
One change to the starting XI we do expect though, is Joe Gomez to start at centre back, primarily as a precaution, despite Dejan Lovren training again.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.