Liverpool will field two different XIs in each half in tonight’s pre-season friendly against Mainz, with Ibrahim Konate among those to start the game in Grodig.
After 1-1 draws with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart on Tuesday, the Reds are set for their first 90-minute clash of pre-season against Jurgen Klopp‘s old club.
Twice previously have Liverpool met Mainz in pre-season, with a 9-0 aggregate scoreline favouring the German side, with Klopp in the opposite dugout for a 5-0 thrashing of Rafa Benitez’s outfit in 2006.
This time around, the Reds will be looking for a positive result as they build towards the 2021/22 campaign, with a host of players returning for pre-season.
As Liverpool anticipate an intense warmup game in Austria, Klopp is set to make 11 changes at half-time, with the club confirming his starting lineup.
There is no place in the squad for Marcelo Pitaluga, Rhys Williams, Ben Woodburn or Mateusz Musialowski. Ben Davies is also missing due to personal reasons, with the centre-back leaving Liverpool’s pre-season training camp.
Diogo Jota is on the bench having returned for training on Wednesday.
Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas; Milner, Elliott, Keita; Salah, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Subs: Adrian, Karius, H.Davies, Phillips, Koumetio, N.Williams, Bradley, Beck, Clarkson, Cain, Morton, Jones, Gordon, Jota, Minamino, Origi