Mainz vs. Liverpool

WORLD: Club Friendly

Date: 23-07-21

Time: 5:15 PM

Venue: Das.Goldberg-Stadion (Grodig)

Liverpool will continue their preparations for the 2021-22 campaign with a pre-season clash against German side Mainz 05 on Friday evening.

The Reds played out draws with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in two mini-matches on Tuesday evening, while Mainz opened their pre-season with a 2-1 victory over Wurzburger Kickers earlier this month. Mainz have firmly established themselves as a Bundesliga side over the last 10 years or so and claimed 12th in Germany’s top flight last season, picking up 39 points from their 34 matches.

Die Nullfunfer will be looking to push higher up the division next term, and they have signed three new players during this summer’s transfer window, bringing in Silvan Widmer from Basel, in addition to securing deals for Anderson Lucoqui and Lee Jae-sung on free transfers.

Mainz opened their preparations for next season with a 2-1 victory over Wurzburger Kickers on July 9 but have not been in action since. The German side will face Liverpool and Gaziantep FK in their next two matches before taking on Genoa ahead of their return to competitive action in the DFB Pokal on August 8.

Bo Svensson‘s side will open their 2021-22 Bundesliga campaign at home to RB Leipzig on August 15, meanwhile, which is an indication of the importance of their next two fixtures in Austria, and a strong 29-man squad has made the trip for the team’s summer training camp.

Liverpool, meanwhile, started their pre-season on Tuesday evening with two 1-1 draws against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in Salzburg.

The Reds used 22 players over the course of the evening, which saw them take part in two 30-minute encounters, and there was a debut for summer arrival Ibrahima Konate.

Divock Origi was on the scoresheet in the first fixture of the night against Innsbruck, before Sadio Mane ensured that the Merseyside giants would pick up a draw against Stuttgart in the second contest.

Liverpool will take on Mainz and Hertha Berlin in their next two friendlies before starting next month with pre-season clashes against Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna on August 8 and August 9 respectively.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side will then open their 2021-22 Premier League campaign away to Norwich City on August 14, and it is going to be fascinating to see how the Reds, who should have Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back in the coming days, perform next term.

Recent Stats:

  • Mainz’s form in last 5 matches: WWLDD.
  • Liverpool’s form in last 5 matches: DDWWW.

PREDICTION: BTTS