The UEFA Champions League is going on and tonight Liverpool and Red Bull Salzburg are going to go against each other in an exciting match.
Red Bull Salzburg
will lock horns together as
Red Bull Arena
on in the last Matchday of the
UEFA Champions League
Group E of the
has been one of the most interesting ones during the new campaign, with
all competing for the top spot.
are on top of the group with 10 points while
are in third place with 7 points.
Here is all you need to know about the match in advance:
The teams’ news
What is up with Liverpool?
The Reds are currently on top of Group E with just a match left to play. The Reds could already pass the first round towards the next one if it wasn’t for the draw at Anfield against Napoli last time out. However, after that match, now they need to get a positive result in Austria to go through. Overall, they have won three of their five UCL clashes, while they had also one loss and one draw.
Red Bull Salzburg in details
On the other side of the pitch, Salzburg are in a good situation as they are currently third in the group with seven points after 5 matches where they have had two wins, one draw and two losses. Their last match goes back to the end of last month where they thrashed Genk with a result of 4-1.
Both teams are going to start their match with a group of absent players.
For Liverpool, this list contains Lovren as he in injured in his muscles. This is while Joel Matip and Fabinho are still sidelined, while Trent Alexander-Arnold will return to the starting lineup after being left out at the weekend.
Red Bull Salzburg absentees
On the other side of the pitch, Salzburg’s coach, Jesse Marsch will not have Sekou Koita, Patrick Farkas and Antoine Bernede in his squad as they are all absent due to injuries.
Going through the history, these are the facts worth mentioning:
This will be the second competitive meeting between FC Salzburg and Liverpool, following their clash on Matchday2 in which the Reds won 4-3, despite leading 3-0 after 36 minutes at Anfield.
Liverpool have won five of their seven games against Austrian sides in all European competition with five wins, one draw and one loss, losing only to Grazer AK in a Champions League qualifier in August 2004.
FC Salzburg have lost four of their five matches against English opposition in all European competition, conceding at least twice in every match. At home, Salzburg drew 2-2 vs Blackburn in September 2006 in the UEFA Cup and lost 0-2 vs Man City in September 2010 in the Europa League.
Liverpool have only won two of their last 11 Champions League away group stage games while they have drawn three matches and lost six; in addition, they have lost four of the last five, winning the other one. The Reds last won consecutive away group games in the competition back in September 2008 under Rafa Benitez.
FC Salzburg have won 15 and lost just one of their last 20 home games in European competition, with that defeat coming last time out on home soil vs Napoli.
Neither Liverpool nor FC Red Bull Salzburg have kept a UEFA Champions League clean sheet this season. The Reds could become only the second reigning champion to fail to keep a clean sheet in their first six matches of the following campaign, after Real Madrid in 2016-17.
It is interesting to know that FC Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has scored in all five of his UEFA Champions League games so far, scoring eight goals and averaging a goal every 37 minutes. No player has ever scored in their first six appearances in the competition.
Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the two players with the most UEFA Champions League assists are Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and James Milner with 11 each.
Only Spurs with 17 and Bayern Munich with 21 have scored more goals than FC Red Bull Salzburg this season as they have netted 16. Since 2003-04, the most goals scored by a side in the group stage to be eliminated is 16 scored by Chelsea in the 2012-13 campaign as they went on to win the Europa League.
Liverpool conceded three goals from five shots on target on Matchday2 against FC Salzburg; the most goals they’ve conceded against an opponent in the Champions League group stage is five, against Galatasaray in 2006-07 and Sevilla in 2017-18.
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Stankovic, Kristensen, Onguene, Wober, Ulmer, Mwepu, Junuzovic, Szoboszlai, Minamino, Daka, Haaland.
Liverpool Key men
Thinking about Liverpool stars, the first name comes to your mind is Salah. The Egyptian has one of the main and key roles for Liverpool. He has scored seven goals and provided four assists this season plus the three goals he netted in the UEFA Champions League.
Mane is one of the other key roles for Liverpool. The 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided four assists in the fifteen matches he has played for the team in the Premier League this season while he has netted two in the 2019-20 UCL clashes.
Red Bull Salzburg key men
The 19-year-old has been the one to save the team. This year the striker has scored 8 goals in the UCL clashes, while he has scored 16 in the Austrian Bundesliga.
The 21-year-old Zambian forward who was the 2017 CAF Young player of the year, has had a brilliant performance this year as he has scored 13 goals in Austrian Bundesliga and one in the UCL clashes.
Tuesday, 10 December
The Red Bull Arena
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