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Familiar European foe provide final Austria test – Salzburg vs. Liverpool preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:00

Liverpool will play their second friendly of pre-season against a familiar foe in Salzburg, where a small group of fans are set to be in attendance.

RB Salzburg vs. Liverpool

Tuesday 25 August, 2020 – 3pm (BST)
Red Bull Arena
Pre-season friendly (2)

The Reds started their pre-season schedule off on a winning note on Saturday, putting three unanswered goals beyond Stuttgart on a wet night in Austria.

And just three days after their first 90 minutes, Jurgen Klopp‘s men will be back on the field of play against a side who they know all too well.

The former club of Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino will host the Premier League champions, eight months on from the last meeting in the Champions League.

A lot has unfolded in the time since Liverpool put two beyond the Austrian side to secure their place in the knockout rounds, and a small step towards a return to ‘normal’ is set to see 1,250 fans allowed to be in attendance for the friendly fixture.

It will be the first time in 167 days that the Reds have played in front of any spectators, with Salzburg to hold a ballot for season ticket holders.

It will be a welcome sight for all in the midst of Liverpool’s preparations for the new season, one which is likely to see Klopp utilise the depth of his squad once more.

Salzburg are a different outfit to the one seen in Europe last season, but they will provide a stern test for the Reds as they look to ramp up the intensity in the second outing of the summer.

Salzburg Changes

Since Liverpool’s last trip to the Red Bull Arena in December of last year, Salzburg have seen the three forward players from that night move on.

Minamino, of course, landed at Anfield in January while Erling Haaland made the switch to Borussia Dortmund at the same time before Hwang Hee-Chan followed in the summer by being the latest to switch Salzburg for Leipzig.

On the incoming side, meanwhile, Salzburg have added two exciting young prospects to the fold this summer in the form of forward Federico Crescenti and defender Oumar Solet, who signed from Lyon for €4.5 million.

Jesse Marsch remains at the helm and is aiming to retain Salzburg’s league title for a sixth successive season.

Previous Meetings

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) and FC Salzburg's Hee-Chan Hwang during the final UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The two teams were drawn in Group E of the Champions League last season, with Liverpool emerging as victors both home and away in the first-ever meetings between the two clubs.

The first clash, at Anfield in October, was a topsy turvy affair as goals for Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah set up a 3-0 lead before half-time, only for Salzburg to get back to level terms.

Liverpool’s No. 11 would have the last say with a little over 20 minutes remaining before again proving instrumental in Austria with a stunning goal for a near-impossible angle in December, adding to Keita’s strike for a 2-0 win.

The Reds would qualify top of the group before subsequently being knocked out in the next round by Atletico Madrid, while dropped to the Europa League and fell to Eintracht Frankfurt in the round of 32.

Team News

The Reds are expected to name the same squad as the one who opened their pre-season account with a 3-0 win over Stuttgart, with Ki-Jana Hoever the only doubt after rolling his ankle on Saturday.

Klopp named two different XIs in the clash with the German side and could look to do similar again, but it would not be a surprise if he kept his first lineup on the field of play for 60 minutes.

It will all be balanced with the Community Shield meeting with Arsenal in mind, a game which comes only four days after the trip to the Red Bull Arena.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Loris Karius are likely to miss out once more, while Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip continue their rehabilitation in Austria.

An opportunity will no doubt come Minamino’s way to feature against his former side after impressing in the second half over the weekend.

Klopp’s View

With training still in the mix in addition to games, Klopp knows his side will continue to feel the effects of the intensity but remains eager to see how his players react, especially with the season looming large.

With Salzburg not a new entity for the Reds, the boss is aware of what to expect and is eagerly awaiting the matchup, but he could do without it bucketing down this time out:

“It will be a tough one, Salzburg – every year they find exciting players from all over the world.

“I am excited to see them all because the style they play is clear. It will be pretty intense.

“I hope it will not rain that much; I have no problem with rain, but you always have to adjust and judge the situation differently. I think it will be better and then it is all fine.”

How to Watch

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Salzburg vs. Liverpool will be shown live on LFCTV, with coverage starting at 2.30pm (BST) ahead of the 3pm kickoff.

Henry Jackson will be keeping you entertained and up to date with all the action on This Is Anfield’s liveblog, starting from 2.30pm.

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2.30pm BST: Watch Salzburg v Liverpool live

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:00
Watch Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Salzburg live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 2.30pm BST on Tuesday.
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Tuesday - 2.30pm BST: Watch Salzburg v Liverpool live

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:00

Watch Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Salzburg live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 2.30pm BST on Tuesday.

The Reds are set to continue their build-up for the new campaign by facing the Austrian champions at Red Bull Arena.

You can see the full 90 minutes live with us, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm BST.

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Tuesday - 2.30pm BST: Watch Salzburg v Liverpool live

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:00
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Liverpool target Thiago will decide his future in the 'coming days'

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 08:35

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick says Liverpool target Thiago will decide his future in the 'coming days'.

The Spaniard was at his influential best as the Germans won the Champions League for the sixth time thanks to a 1-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon on Sunday.

Thiago informed Bayern earlier this month that he will not be signing a new deal at the Allianz Arena and the club have reluctantly agreed to let him depart for a fee of around £27m.

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Liverpool target Thiago will decide his future in the 'coming days'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 08:35

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick says Liverpool target Thiago will decide his future in the 'coming days'.

The Spaniard was at his influential best as the Germans won the Champions League for the sixth time thanks to a 1-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon on Sunday.

Thiago informed Bayern earlier this month that he will not be signing a new deal at the Allianz Arena and the club have reluctantly agreed to let him depart for a fee of around £27m.

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Liverpool target Thiago will decide his future in the 'coming days'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 08:35
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick says Liverpool target Thiago will decide his future in the 'coming days'.
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Bayern boss jokes: Thiago wants to stay!

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 08:30
Thiago has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Liverpool this summer By Dan Sansom

Last Updated: 24/08/20 9:57am

0:44 Hansi Flick joked that Thiago Alcantara has decided to stay at Bayern Munich following their Champions League success Hansi Flick joked that Thiago Alcantara has decided to stay at Bayern Munich following their Champions League success

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick joked that Thiago Alcantara has decided to stay at the club following their Champions League success, before admitting the midfielder's future is still undecided.

Thiago played a starring role as Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday to win their sixth European Cup, but the match could prove to be his final appearance for the club.

The Spain international has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer and the Bundesliga champions seem to be resigned to losing him.

3:27 Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol has the latest news on Thiago's future after the Bayern midfielder was linked with a move to Liverpool Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol has the latest news on Thiago's future after the Bayern midfielder was linked with a move to Liverpool

Last month, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted Thiago - who is out of contract at the Allianz Arena in 2021 - is seeking a new challenge, but Flick says the 29-year-old is yet to decide his next move.

"He told me he's staying," the Bayern boss joked after the match.

"I just thanked him for our time together, just like I did with every other player.

"I don't know and he doesn't know yet either [where his future lies], because we all focused on this Champions League final.

"I think we will have to wait what the following days will bring."

As well as winning the Champions League with Bayern, Thiago has won the Bundesliga title for the last seven seasons in a row after joining from Barcelona in July 2013.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool: the problem solvers

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 19:00

‘Our intensity is our identity’ was the brilliant summation of this Liverpool team by Pepijn Lijnders – but the other defining factor in the club’s evolution under Jurgen Klopp has been that Liverpool have become the best problem solvers in world football.

They Reds have achieved this by not becoming reliant on any one style; they are able to mix things up during a game better than any other team.

In modern football, possession is king. It is the defining style of Pep Guardiola at Man City, and many teams look to follow that blueprint. But Klopp is different, he understands that going toe to toe with the likes of City isn’t going to give him any kind of competitive advantage.

So, what Klopp has been able to achieve is to switch up different styles to solve different problems in any game, based on some key ideas.

The high line

In Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk Liverpool have two of the quickest and most intelligent centre backs in the world.

 Liverpool's (L-R) Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This enables the team to play an incredibly high line as the recovery pace of both players often means that even if the offside trap fails, that they can catch a striker running through on goal.

If you add in the pace of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson at full back and the sweeper instinct of Allison, then it is hard for teams to get in behind.

The inverted wingers

The benefit of playing such a high line means you can play in the opposition’s half and push your fullbacks on. Both Trent and Robertson provide great width for the team and enable the likes of Salah, Firmino and Mane to operate as inverted wingers and get into goalscoring positions.

Salah and Mane celebrate. (Mike Egerton/PA Wire/PA Images)

The movement of our front three creates a huge amount of space for both Trent and Robertson to operate, and the quality that both possess on either flank is very difficult to defend against, as the assists records of both players evidence.

One of the great strengths of Mane and Salah is that they are both strong, quick and direct. They have license to come inside and with Firmino’s intelligence can play clever one-twos in and around the box.

The press

Liverpool are probably at their most dangerous when the opposition has the ball in or around the halfway line. It must be an absolute nightmare for teams who want to keep possession. The front three and midfield players are the best in the game at hunting in packs and nicking the ball in the right areas.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the opening FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of the best things about Liverpool’s pressing is that the players know exactly when to do it. They don’t run around like headless chickens; they’ve become really intelligent in seeing a situation and pressing at exactly the right time. It is a defining characteristic of this team.

That intelligence very much is led by Firmino who offers so much more to the team than goals and assists. He has the ability to see a picture in his head and knows the exact right time to press, and more often than not makes the right decision with the ball.

Possession

When teams used to come to Anfield and play a low block it was always very difficult to break that down. But what the team has learned to do under Klopp is to play with patience.

Another great thing about Firmino is that he has the ability to drop back into midfield when playing against a low block. He is very difficult to mark and can adapt his game to whatever problem the team comes up against.

 Liverpool’s Naby Keita (L) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although Liverpool don’t move the ball quite as quickly as City and don’t have the same kind of players that operate so well between the lines, they do have players like Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain who can break the lines and provide a goalscoring threat from midfield.

If Liverpool come up against a team playing a low block, they have different kinds of players to solve that problem. Klopp doesn’t have a squad packed with number 10s, he has a squad packed with a diversity of attributes and that enables him to change how he approaches any game.

There are times when the low block causes any team issues, and you will have a huge amount of possession in a game. Rather than continually trying to force things the team now probe with patience and can engineer chances. They vary the speed of transition which is exactly what you need to do to work your way through a low block.

The counterattack

In Salah and Mane Liverpool have two incredibly potent counter-attacking players. With the quality of Allison’s passing and throwing and his ability to see a picture in front of him Liverpool are incredibly dangerous when defending a set-piece.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates with the Premier League trophy after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA Photo. ( Phil Noble/PA Wire/PA Images)

If either Mane or Salah sets off at pace there are very few players that can stop them. This often means that even when teams have an attacking set-piece against us, they’ll have one eye on our attacking players as they’ll know within 5-10 seconds they can be in real trouble.

Set Pieces

Since the addition of Van Dijk and with the crossing ability of Trent, Liverpool have become a real danger at set-pieces. These are such an important part of the modern game and in a game where you are struggling to create, can prove to be a rich source of goals.

It isn’t just corners and indirect free kicks where Liverpool are a real threat. In Trent the club has a truly world-class dead-ball specialist. The whip and pace he can get on the ball defies his age.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Oddly for a team that spends so much time in the opposition’s penalty area, Liverpool do not get awarded many penalties. Although both Mane and Salah have won soft penalties in the past, they both operate at such speed and a low centre of gravity that many penalties also get missed by officials who are perhaps influenced by an unfair narrative.

It makes Liverpool’s ability to solve problems and find ways to win even more impressive that there is no reliance on getting decisions to do so.

‘The problem solvers’

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (R) celebrates at the final whistle with Virgil van Dijk after the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What makes this Liverpool team so great is that they nearly always find a way to solve problems during a game. The results in the past 24 months speak for themselves. And there have been all kinds of wins.

There are lots of different reasons why winning has become such a habit that includes relentless intensity and an incredible mentality.

But if you were to ask Klopp what kind of style defines this Liverpool team – I am sure he’d agree it’s a hybrid. We don’t rely on any one style. We can adapt and change depending on the circumstances which means we are unpredictable and very difficult to play against. That makes us fantastic to watch.

Our identity is our intensity – but we are also the best problem solvers in the world as well.

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Inside Training: Small games and 'keeper drills in Sunday's workout

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 18:38

The Liverpool squad performed a light training session in Austria on Sunday morning – and our cameras were there to capture it.

The Reds were back at work on the outskirts of Salzburg after opening their 2020-21 pre-season programme by beating VfB Stuttgart 3-0 on Saturday evening.

LFCTV GO subscribers can enjoy the best bits from the team's latest workout in the video above.

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