Salzburg have traveled to Anfield for their Champions League clash against Liverpool in group E of UCL.
A 2-0 defeat to Napoli has left the holders playing catch-up in Group E, and this game promises to be another difficult test against the Salzburg side which have defeated Genk 6-2 on matchday one.
The Reds are without their first choice goalkeeper Alisson again and are also without first choice central defender Joel Matip, who sustained an injury in the Premier League win over Sheffield United last weekend.
For Red Bull Salzburg, they have injury doubts over top scorer Erling Haaland, who has scored an incredible 14 goals in nine appearances so far this season; he missed their last league game with an illness.
These are the facts from history books worth mentioning:
The first fact to know is that Liverpool will face FC Salzburg for the first time in their history. Overall, Liverpool have won four of their six previous matches against Austrian sides in Europe, losing their most recent match to Grazer AK in a Champions League qualifier in August 2004.
FC Salzburg are winless in four matches in all competitions versus English teams, failing to score three times. The Austrian side have shipped at least two goals in every match, most recently losing 0-3 to Man City in the Europa League in December 2010.
Liverpool haven’t lost at Anfield in European competition since October 2014 vs Real Madrid in the Champions League. since then they’ve won 16 and drawn six times.
Liverpool could be only the second reigning champion of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League to lose their first two matches of the following campaign, after Nottingham Forest in 1980-81 who lost both legs of their first round knockout tie against CSKA Sofia and were eliminated.
It is interesting to know that on MD1, FC Salzburg were the first team to have four goals scored in one UEFA Champions League game by teenagers; Haaland 3, Szoboszlai 1.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Salzburg: Stankovic, Kristensen, Ramalho, Wober, Ulmer, Szoboszlai, Junuzovic, Mwepu, Minamino, Hwang, Koita.
Date: Wednesday, 04 October
Time: 20:00 CET