Liverpool tackle Mainz of their third pleasant of pre-season on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp taking over the membership he referred to as house for 18 years in preparation for 2021/22.
After a pair of back-to-back attracts with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart on Tuesday, Liverpool are again in pleasant motion on Friday as they tackle Mainz.
Having begun pre-season with two 30-minute video games, the Reds might be full throttle once more as they play 90 minutes towards Bundesliga opposition.
Will probably be a tricky take a look at for Klopp’s aspect, however one they may welcome as first-team gamers line up alongside the subsequent era of children in Austria.
The supervisor is in line for an much more particular reunion, too, as he comes up towards a former participant within the dugout.
So what will we learn about Mainz, and the way are they linked to Liverpool?
When is the pleasant?
Liverpool will tackle Mainz on the Greisbergers Betten-Area in Grodig on Friday night, with the third pleasant of pre-season set to kick off at 5.15pm on LFCTV.
A crowd of three,500 is permitted on the stadium in Austria, with tickets offered out.
Who’s Mainz supervisor?
Bo Svensson took over as Mainz supervisor in January, having beforehand managed Austrian aspect FC Liefering between 2019 and 2021.
The 41-year-old Dane spent seven years with Mainz as a participant, together with a season below Klopp in 2007/08 that noticed him play 10 instances for the longer term Liverpool supervisor.
Svensson retired in 2014 earlier than taking on roles as assistant coach, youth coach and under-19s coach with Mainz, together with his return to the membership as supervisor resulting in an upturn in fortunes.
In 20 video games below Svensson’s administration to date, Mainz have solely misplaced 5 video games, and a nine-game unbeaten run between March and Might serving to them to a Twelfth-placed end in 2020/21, having sat second from backside when he took over.
Who may very well be their key gamers?
Mainz can name upon two proficient centre-backs in Jeremiah St. Juste and Moussa Niakhate, however could wrestle within the purpose division having seen their two main scorers from final season depart the membership.
Jean-Philippe Mateta, who scored 10, is presently on mortgage with Crystal Palace, whereas seven-goal Robin Quaison has joined Saudi membership Al-Ettifaq on a free switch.
Karim Onisiwo and the veteran Adam Szalai, who netted one and assisted the opposite in Hungary’s 2-2 draw with Germany at Euro 2020, may very well be relied upon to supply extra objectives of their absence.
Dutch ahead Jean-Paul Boetius was Mainz’s key creator final season, ending the marketing campaign with six assists to go together with his three objectives in 33 appearances.
How are Mainz linked to Liverpool?
The plain connection is Klopp, who spent 11 years as a participant with Mainz earlier than retiring in 2001 and instantly taking the position as supervisor, staying for an additional seven years.
Klopp prevented relegation in his first half-season in cost, and after two fourth-placed finishes he led his membership to the Bundesliga for the primary time of their historical past in 2004.
Liverpool have solely ever signed one participant from Mainz – that being Loris Karius, who arrived in a £4.7 million deal in 2016 – however Taiwo Awoniyi spent the 2019/20 season on mortgage with the German membership, too.
The Reds have performed Mainz twice earlier than, each in friendlies, with Klopp reunited together with his former membership in 2016 as Liverpool suffered a 4-0 pre-season defeat.
That loss got here a day after a 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona at Wembley, with solely six of the gamers to function nonetheless on the books.
Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Ben Woodburn and Divock Origi all began, with Roberto Firmino coming off the bench on a surreal day for Klopp.
What has Klopp mentioned concerning the sport?
Talking to Liverpool’s official web site, Klopp admitted that he nonetheless “cares rather a lot” about Mainz:
“Truly there are usually not that many individuals anymore that I nonetheless know – however now the supervisor once more and the sporting director or head of soccer.
“So, sure, this membership is extra, for me, than assembly previous associates or gamers or no matter.
“I used to be 18 years there so I’m simply that they’re doing nicely as a result of lots of people I do know care rather a lot about this membership. It’s essential to them, so it’s essential to me.”
He added: “Clearly the subsequent correct coach arrived at Mainz, actually happy for them.”