Liverpool FC Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs RB Salzburg

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Liverpool FC, the reigning European champions, host RB Salzburg tomorrow night in a Champions League group stage contest featuring the Group E table toppers. However, it’s definitely not the team you would expect that currently sits in first place.

RB slashed Genk 6-2 in their Euro opener while Liverpool, six time winners of this competition, lost 2-0 to Napoli. The Reds badly need a result here, and they need to run up the score if possible as well. Let’s take a look at all the match FYIs for this one.

For Liverpool, defender Nathaniel Clyne, midfielder Naby Keita and goalkeeper Alisson are all ruled out due to injury. Expect manager Jurgen Klopp to keep the same starting XI from the weekend win over Sheffield United.

A visit from Salzburg means a chance to see Erling Braut Haland, a Norwegian prodigy who made headlines in the summer when he scored nine goals in Norway’s 12-0 win over Honduras at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. That put him on the radar of the world’s biggest clubs, and then he became an even hotter commodity when he accomplished a hat-trick in his Champions League debut versus Genk.

Unfortunately, you might not get to see Haland in this one, as he’s a doubt due to an illness. Jesse Marsch, the first American to ever manage in the Champions League, will be without the services of Antoine Bernede for this one.

Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction vs RB Salzburg

   Sadio Mane  Roberto Firmino    Mohamed Salah

Georginio Wijnaldum     Fabinho    Jordan Henderson

  Andrew Robertson     Virgil van Dijk     Joel Matip      Trent Alexander-Arnold  

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Liverpool FC vs RB Salzburg UCL Group Stage FYIs

Kickoff: Oct. 2, 8pm Anfield

TV: BT Sport 3, BT Sport 3 HD & BT App

Jurgen Klopp and Sadio Mane press conference video:

Google’s result probability: 72% Liverpool win, 17% draw, 11% RB  Salzburg victory

Prediction: Liverpool FC 3, RB Salzburg 0

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