Leipzig vs. Liverpool - match preview & prediction

Leipzig vs. Liverpool - match preview & prediction

Leipzig vs. Liverpool - match preview & prediction

RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool - match preview and analysis

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.

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.

It is always difficult to know what to expect from pre-season friendlies, but goals ought to be on the menu at the Red Bull Arena as Tedesco and Klopp tinker with their stellar attacking options.

Both sides should feel confident about finding the back of the net more than once on Thursday, and we can picture a high-scoring encounter ending with the spoils shared.

Possible Correct score: 

RB Leipzig 2-2 Liverpool or

RB Leipzig 1-2 Liverpool

Value Bet: 

Both teams to score Goals

Or Over2.5 total goals..

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