LIVE Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Football Match Score 21 July 2022
A pre-season heavyweight showdown takes place at the Red Bull Arena on Thursday evening, as RB Leipzig take on Liverpool in a friendly encounter. Domenico Tedesco’s side got the better of Southampton 3-1 last time out, while the Reds picked up their first win of pre-season against Crystal Palace. The Domenico Tedesco revival at RB Leipzig culminated in a DFB-Pokal triumph for Die Roten Bullen last term, and the Bundesliga powerhouses already have reason to celebrate before the new campaign has even kicked off.
After scoring and setting up goals for fun last season, Christopher Nkunku was courted by several European clubs but ultimately elected to renew his contract with Leipzig, who have been rather quiet in terms of incomings so far. Xaver Schlager represents the hosts’ marquee acquisition so far, joining from Wolfsburg for a €12m (£10.2m) fee, while Hwang Hee-chan and Tyler Adams have both left the club on permanent deals to head to the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United respectively.
Konrad Laimer and Brian Brobbey will seemingly be the next out of the door amid rumours of moves to Bayern Munich and Ajax respectively, but the duo were at least able to play a part in the recent friendly win over Southampton, where Tedesco’s men kicked off their summer in perfect fashion. Angelino, Emil Forsberg and Ilaix Moriba were on target alongside an Adam Armstrong consolation in a 3-1 win for Die Roten Bullen, who conclude their pre-season preparations against Liverpool before taking part in the German Super Cup with Bayern Munich on July 30.
Manchester United gleaned a slice of revenge over Liverpool by putting four unanswered goals past Jurgen Klopp’s second-string side in Bangkok, but a more familiar looking Reds XI ran out convincing winners against Crystal Palace in Singapore.
Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah were both on target as Liverpool earned their first victory of the summer exhibition period, and the FA Cup and EFL Cup holders still have a couple of plane journeys to make before another quest for Premier League glory begins.
Red Bull Salzburg lie in wait at their own Red Bull Arena in Austria later this month before Ligue 1 side Strasbourg visit Anfield on July 31 – one day after Klopp leads his men out for the Community Shield against Manchester City.
It has been all quiet on the transfer front at Anfield since Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay and Fabio Carvalho’s arrivals were confirmed, with Klopp insisting that a new midfielder is not a priority for the current window, so Reds fans anticipating any more incomings this summer should not hold their breath.
Leipzig and Liverpool previously met in the last-16 of the 2020-21 Champions League, where the Reds eased to a 4-0 aggregate success to advance to the quarter-finals, with Salah and Sadio Mane – soon to be a familiar foe of Die Roten Bullen’s – both bagging two goals apiece.
Having completed a tour which included a number of routine commercial commitments, Jurgen Klopp will be looking forward to the next stage of Liverpool’s summer schedule, with more focus on training and tactics. The Reds returned to England last Saturday, before a couple of training sessions at the AXA Training Centre early this week. They are now set to fly out to Germany for a friendly against RB Leipzig, who finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, before embarking on a training camp in Austria.
Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsay, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kaide Gordon and Diogo Jota have all been in the treatment room and are unlikely to be available. It’s likely there will be less players involved and more game time for those who are, with Klopp now keen to ensure his senior stars take a step closer to full fitness. The starters should be in line to play 45 minutes at the very least, with a handful having already done so against Crystal Palace last Friday.
With the tour of Asia all wrapped up, team selections for the upcoming friendlies may give us some clues about who will line-up at Craven Cottage on August 6. That could mean, for example, Klopp wants to start using both Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah alongside Darwin Nunez in attack. Here are two potential lineups the Reds could field in Leipzig on Thursday.
Liverpool returned to England at the weekend following their pre-season tour of Asia but the Reds are on their travels yet again as they take on RB Leipzig in Germany for their third friendly of the summer on Thursday. The Reds began pre-season with a humbling 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in Bangkok on July 12, followed by a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in Singapore just three days later, and will now look to pick up another win here.
But standing in their way is RB Leipzig, who finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, along with winning the DFB-Pokal. They beat Southampton 3-1 in their first friendly on Saturday. The last meeting between these two sides came back in March 2021, when the Reds defeating their visitors 2-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie at Anfield.
Having won the first leg at tonight’s venue by the same scoreline, Liverpool failed to capitalise on their advantage until the 71st minute of this tie, when Mohamed Salah put them in front, before Sadio Mane then doubled the lead just three minutes later to secure a 4-0 aggregate victory and book their place in the quarter-finals.