Klopp issues positive update on Szoboszlai injury
Klopp has given an update, explaining why Szoboszlai misses out on a second chance to represent the Reds today.
He said: “He rolled his ankle slightly in training, [it’s] really nothing. Everybody is super positive about it, himself first.
“If we would have today a Premier League game or whatever, he could play. So, we don’t take a risk and we will see what we will do with the Leicester game after travel [and] stuff like this. But for the Bayern game he will be ready, definitely.”
Kick-off time pencilled in
Kick-off has tentatively been put in for 12:15pm, meaning we could be underway in just under 15 minutes. Thunder and rain has delayed the match, but the rain has stopped now.
Players out on the pitch
The players are now out on the pitch for their pre-match warm-up, meaning a kick-off relatively soon looks likely. There has been torrential rain ahead of the match but hopefully we’ll be underway shortly after 12:00pm.
Klopp pleased to be behind closed doors
Jurgen Klopp has previewed today’s match.
“The first thing you need is to build up resilience”, he said. “They play at Championship level in Germany — a decent level — so we have to make sure we deny them as well.
“What I like about the game today [being behind closed doors] is I can hear the coaching of the boys to themselves. I’m really curious about that because that’s super important.”
Well, yesterday Tottenham and Leicester had their pre-season match in Bangkok cancelled due to torrential rain.
This one hasn’t been cancelled, but confirmation that Liverpool vs Greuther Furth has been given a “short delay to kick-off” due to weather conditions in Germany.
Changes expected after the break
Liverpool will come out of the dressing room for the second half with a totally new XI today.
Newly crowned England U21 European champions Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones will be in that second team, as will 17-year-old forward Lewis Koumas, son of former Tranmere Rovers star Jason Koumas.
Big opportunity for Mac Allister
Alexis Mac Allister made his Liverpool debut against Karlsruher, coming off the bench to assist Jota for Liverpool’s fourth goal, following his £35million move from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Today, though, he get the chance to play from the start. The 2022 World Cup winner is expected to fit right in at Anfield this season, and arrives after scoring 12 goals and registering three assists for Brighton last term.
Midfield duo miss out again
There is no Fabinho or Jordan Henderson again today, as both are poised to leave Liverpool for lucrative moves to the Saudi Pro League.
Fabinho could be off to Al-Ittihad, while Henderson has now completed his medical ahead of a mega move to Al-Ettifaq, who this summer hired Steven Gerrard — the man Henderson replaced as Liverpool captain — as manager.
Team news is out!
Liverpool have named Alexis Mac Allister in their starting lineup for the very first time, and 17-year-old Ben Doak also starts! As expected, new signing Dominik Szoboszlai misses out through injury.
Liverpool lineup: Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Alexander-Arnold, Mac Allister, Gakpo; Doak, Diaz, Jota.
Subs: Adrian, Pitaluga, Gomez, Nunez, Salah, Jones, Elliott, Tsimikas, Matip, Clark, Scanlon, McConnell, Koumas, Quansah, Frauendorf.
Will be interesting to see whether it is Doak or Gakpo who joins Alexander-Arnold and Mac Allister in midfield.
Last time out
It was better late than never last time out for Liverpool, when the Reds faced Karlsruher away from home on Wednesday.
They went ahead in the third minute through Darwin Nunez, but trailed shortly after the break thanks to goals by Lars Stindl and Sebastian Jung.
Jurgen Klopp’s side made 11 changes at the break, and while they took a while to kick into gear, they did eventually come good as Cody Gakpo equalised, before two goals in stoppage time by Diogo Jota won the match 4-2 for Liverpool at the last.
You can read our report of that match here!