Jurgen Klopp brings the Reds to Bavaria where he will lock horns with familiar foes as part of the build-up to the 2017-18 campaign
Liverpool and Bayern Munich continue their pre-season preparations when they face off in the semi-final of the Audi Cup on Tuesday.
The game takes place at the Allianz Arena in Munich and the winner will face either Napoli or Atletico Madrid in the final a day later. The two losing teams will contest a third-place play-off.
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For Bayern, the tournament will be their final friendly outing ahead of their Super Cup showdown against Borussia Dortmund, which takes place on August 5.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are set to welcome Athletic to Anfield before getting their Premier League campaign under way on August 12 against Watford.
|Game||Bayern Munich vs Liverpool|
|Date||Tuesday, August 1|
|Time||20:30 local / 19:30 BST|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on ITV 4 and by stream via the ITV Player on the ITV Hub.
The match will not be broadcast in the US, but it will be available to stream live online on LFC TV, Liverpool’s in-house broadcasting service.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Bayern Munich players|
|Goalkeepers||Starke, Ulreich, Hoffmann|
|Defenders||Boateng, Hummels, Alaba, Rafinha, Sule, Friedl, Kimmich, Martinez, Gotze|
|Midfielders||Tolisso, Sanches, Thiago, James, Robben, Rudy, Dorsch, Vidal|
|Forwards||Lewandowski, Coman, Muller, Pantovic|
Bayern picked up a number of injuries during their Asia tour, with Juan Bernat, Thiago Alcantara and Arjen Robben among those to get hurt. However, while Bernat will be out for over a month at least with an ankle complaint, Robben’s injury was less severe and he could feature, while Thiago trained ahead of the game.
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Niklas Sule and Sebastien Rudy joined the panel in Munich, while Arturo Vidal, Joshua Kimmich and Jerome Boateng will also be in contention to play against Liverpool. Manuel Neuer, however, remains unavailable, while Franck Ribery is considered a serious doubt.
Potential starting XI: Starke;
|Goalkeepers||Mignolet, Karius, Grabara|
|Defenders||Flanagan, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Klavan, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Alexander-Arnold|
|Midfielders||Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Salah, Mane, Wijnaldum, Can, Ejaria, Grujic|
|Forwards||Sturridge, Solanke, Origi, Woodburn, Firmino|
Liverpool suffered a number of injury scares during their last outing against Hertha, with Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren taken off due to muscle pain. Both players are being monitored and may miss the game against Bayern as a result. Joe Gomez has also been ruled out of the remainder of the Audi Cup with a minor knee injury.
However, James Milner, who sat out the friendly win on Saturday with a quad muscle issue, has resumed training and should come into consideration for the Bayern game. Goalkeeper Lorius Karius is also fit for selection, but fellow shot-stopper Danny Ward remains out.
Sadio Mane made his first appearance for the Reds since April and will be hoping for more minutes as he looks to get ready for the big kick-off.
Potential starting XI: Mignolet; Milner, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Mane; Firmino
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Bayern are playing on home turf and are considered favourites at 8/15, according to dabblebet, while Liverpool can be backed at 4/1. A draw is available at 10/3.
Liverpool are unbeaten in pre-season so far, but Bayern Munich will be a significant step up in quality compared to the teams that they have already faced.
Jurgen Klopp’s side come into the game on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin and, while they have also beaten Crystal Palace and Leicester on their travels, Bayern represent a much sterner proposition.
Nevertheless, the Reds have looked impressive, with new signings Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke showing glimpses of what they have in their lockers, while Philippe Coutinho has assumed a greater level of responsibility, having donned the captain’s armband in Berlin.
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The return of Sadio Mane, who had been out of action since April, is also a massive boost for Klopp, whose forward line is shaping up to be among the most fearsome in the Premier League.
Unlike Liverpool, Bayern have been inconsistent in pre-season, with Carlo Ancelotti unable to prevent defeats against AC Milan, Arsenal and Inter. The Italian coach has seemingly struggled to settle on his best XI, but he was without a number of key first-team players for the Asia tour and lost more to injury along the way.
With the likes of Boateng, Kimmich and Vidal coming back into the picture, the Bundesliga champions will have a different look on Tuesday and their return to home ground is sure to revitalise them ahead of the new campaign.