RB Salzburg vs Liverpool
Liverpool are set to take on Austrian outfit RB Salzburg on Tuesday evening in their final Champions League clash.
After failing to beat Serie A giants Napoli in their last CL tie, Liverpool really can’t afford to slip up vs Salzburg.
Granted, the Merseyside powerhouse will kick off in Austria sat top of Group E with 10 points amassed from their previous 5 CL ties.
However, 2nd place Napoli are just one point adrift of the Reds while Salzburg are three points behind the European champions.
Given Napoli’s final group game is against 4th place and winless Genk, they are likely to win that tie. This means unless Liverpool beat Salzburg there is a good chance they won’t top Group E.
Also, as Salzburg have a two better goal difference than Liverpool, should they beat Jurgen Klopp’s men, there is a good chance Liverpool will be knocked out of the qualification spots on goal difference unless Genk beat or draw with Napoli but that doesn’t seem too likely.
Lovren trains ahead of Salzburg
So, as this is a pivotal tie for Liverpool, their fans will likely be glad to hear Dejan Lovren trained on Monday ahead of the Salzburg clash.
With Joel Matip still sidelined Lovren has been partnering Virgil van Dijk in the center of Liverpool’s defence.
However, the Croatian was taken off inside 40 minutes on Saturday as Liverpool eased past AFC Bournemouth.
Despite this, Neil Jones of Goal would report that Lovren trained with Liverpool ahead of Salzburg.
Dejan Lovren taking part in #LFC training today ahead of the trip to Salzburg.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) December 9, 2019
Liverpool then posted pictures from the training session and confirmed Lovren was a part of it.
Georginio Wijnaldum, who was omitted from Liverpool’s matchday squad vs Bournemouth can also been seen training in the pictures posted by Liverpool.
The aforementioned duo were also named in Liverpool’s traveling squad.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 9, 2019