The Reds face a tough test on Wednesday night as they welcome Austrian league leaders, Red Bull Salzburg. Jesse Marsch’s side have won 8 and drawn 1 in their opening 9 games. They are an intensely attacking, free scoring team with vulnerabilities at the back – remind you of a team you used to know? This is our predicted Liverpool team to face Salzburg.

Naby Keita returns in our predicted Liverpool team to face Salzburg.

Naby Keita returns in our predicted Liverpool team to face Salzburg. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper – Adrian

Alisson rejoined first team training on Sunday but Wednesday night could be too soon for his return.

Right back – Trent Alexander-Arnold

The Scouser is in solid form and will be looking to exploit the space left by Salzburg’s high press.

Centre back – Joel Matip

Matip has made himself undroppable in recent weeks and his eye for a ball could be key to a counter attack.

Centre back – Virgil van Dijk

Who else? The Dutchman will be looking to keep teen sensation Erling Håland quiet.

Left back – Andy Robertson

Hot on the heels of a terrific display against Sheffield United, the Scotsman will be knackered by the end of this one.

Defensive midfield – Fabinho

 

One of the first names on the team sheet, Fabinho will be looking to snuff out the Salzburg counter before it starts.

Centre midfield – Jordan Henderson

He rarely misses European games, the captain will have to be at his barking best to keep the Reds organised

Centre midfield – Naby Keita

One can only hope that Keita’s absence against Sheffield was with one eye on the Champions League, we will need his flair to spark a lacklustre midfield.

Left wing – Sadio Mane

The Senegalese winger will be relishing the counter attacking opportunities likely to present themselves.

Right wing – Mo Salah

Egyptian king Mo Salah will be looking to recover his form after a few poor games.

Striker – Roberto Firmino

Hopefully the Brazilian will be a class above the Austrians, he is likely to show them just how high the standard is in the Champions League.

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