class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having finished the last Bundesliga season strongly, Al Hain-Cole expects Klopp's former club to provide his Reds side with a tough test in Austria
Liverpool will be hoping to get their pre-season up and running with a win when they take on Mainz in Austria on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men kicked off with two 30-minutes matches against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart on Tuesday, playing out 1-1 draws in each.
Liverpool vs Mainz latest odds
Liverpool are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with bet365 to come out on top in their first 90 minutes of the summer against the manager’s former club at the Untersberg-Arena.
Mainz pulled off a surprise 4-0 friendly win over this opposition when they met back in 2016 but are 9/2 (5.50) outsiders to come out on top in this one and priced at 16/5 (4.20) to grind out a stalemate.
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Neither Virgil van Dijk nor Joe Gomez are likely to take part despite returning to training as they recover from long-term injury, with new signing Ibrahima Konate set to start in the centre of defence.
New signings Silvan Widmer, Anderson Lucoqui and Lee Jae-sung should all be on display for the Germans, while Euro 2020 contingent Karim Onisiwo, Adam Szalai and Edimilson Fernandes are also part of the squad.
Liverpool vs Mainz preview
Although a repeat of the 4-0 victory five years ago may seem unlikely, Bo Svensson’s team are sure to provide their opponents with a testing first 90 minutes of the summer.
Having played under Klopp during his spell in charge, former defender Svensson was brought back in as a manager in the middle of last season with the team struggling in the relegation zone.
A run of just two defeats from the final 15 Bundesliga matches ensued, leaving the team comfortably in mid-table and prompting plenty of optimism for the season ahead.
With one full pre-season fixture already under their belts, the German outfit will certainly back themselves to at least find the net against a Reds side that conceded in both of their 30-minute games on Tuesday.
Liverpool vs Mainz predictions
Nevertheless, Liverpool’s own wealth of attacking talent should be enough to ensure goals at both ends in another entertaining friendly match against Mainz, available at odds of 8/11 (1.73).
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