After a dominant performance against Crystal Palace in Singapore, the Reds return to European soil today, Thursday, July 21st, to face RB Leipzig at Red Bull Arena in Germany. Jürgen Klopp’s side will look to continue rounding into form for the EPL season. Supporters should expect to see starters get about an hour of play on the pitch.
It remains to be seen whether Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be among that group, as the midfielder suffered an injury late in the first half against Crystal Palace.
"I don't know exactly how long it will take but he will be back and then it's all fine,” Klopp said of the Chamberlain injury. “He is obviously a top-class player and he can help us."
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker has also been ruled out for the club as has striker Diogo Jota, but Klopp has expressed optimism that both players will make their return and play in the FA Comunity Shield match versus Manchester City on July 30th.
Scouting RB Leipzig
The match will mark the first time the two sides have met on the pitch since a Liverpool victory in the 2021 UEFA Champions League with Mohamed Salah finding the back of the net in the 2-0 Liverpool victory. The match will also mark a homecoming for Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate, who transferred from RB Leipzig to Liverpool in May of 2021.
The Red Bulls finished 4th in last season’s Bundesliga table with 58 points and are coached by Domenico Tedesco. Christopher Nkunku is the squad’s top returning goal-scorer from last season with 20 goals and 13 assists. The Red Bulls also feature American International Tyler Adams in the midfield. RB Leipzig employs a basic 3-4-1-2 tactical formation.
How to watch
Kickoff is set for 18:15 BST inside Red Bull Arena and can be streamed worldwide via LFCTV. Fees, terms and conditions do apply.