Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts.
- Jul 16, 2007
Time to open this thread. Given the fact that we lost our first game in Napoli, it's already a cut-throat game for us. Win it, and we are confirmed as one of the two big teams in the group. Draw or lose it, and we'll have big problems.VS
In a sense, this game is already beyond the usual group stage stuff, it's almost like a latter stage game. This one and the return game at Salzburg will effectively decide who goes through alongside Napoli. This kind of pressure could help our lads to find their best form, and hopefully Anfield will be up for it, as so often on European nights!
Salzburg are currently first in the Austrian League, with 25 points from nine games. Since they annihilated Genk on their pitch two weeks ago with 6-2, they drew their next game 2-2 away from home, won 2-1 in the cup at Rapid Wien, before soundly beating Austria Wien 4-1 last week-end.
So, their attack is definitely in form lately, with twelve goals in the four last games. Their defensive solidity however can be questioned, with six goals received. So, if our frontmen find back a bit of their mojo, this could end up in a rout. All will depend on our lads taking their chances when they come. Hopefully that will be the case, fingers crossed. At the back, we'll have to be our usual solid selves against an in-form attacking line.
Surely Klopp will go with the strongest possible line-up again, given the massive importance of this game. I expect to see Mo, Mané and Bobby on the pitch, as well as our usual back four. Hendo, Gini and Fabinho started the game in midfield at Sheffield, and that's probably where we will see the changes. Millie will probably start this one, and let's see if Keita gets maybe a chance to shine against his former club. Ox could get a game too again.
Of course, everything will depend on the physical state of the players after a taxing game at Sheffield the other day. Maybe Gomez has an outside chance to start, instead of Matip or TAA for instance.
Whomever gets on the pitch: go the Reds, make us proud once again!