Liverpool vs Mainz LIVE Football Match Score July 23/7/2021
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp will take on his former side Mainz in a pre-season friendly scheduled to take place on Friday. Liverpool played out draws with German sides Stuttgart and Wacker Innsbruck in their two mini-matches played on Tuesday. The Reds had an underwhelming 2020-21 Premier League campaign by their standards and Klopp will be looking to get back in contention for the championship once again in the forthcoming season.
Liverpool’s first league game will be against promoted side Norwich City on 14 August, and they are set to play Hertha Berlin, Athletic Club and Osasuna before that. Meanwhile, Mainz kicked off their pre-season with a 2-1 victory over Wurzburger Kickers. They will begin their league campaign with a game against RB Leipzig on 15 August.
Having begun pre-season with two 30-minute games, the Reds will be full throttle again as they play 90 minutes against Bundesliga opposition.
It will be a tough test for Klopp’s side, but one they will welcome as first-team players line up alongside the next generation of youngsters in Austria.
The manager is in line for an even more special reunion, too, as he comes up against a former player in the dugout.
Bo Svensson took over as Mainz manager in January, having previously managed Austrian side FC Liefering between 2019 and 2021.
The 41-year-old Dane spent seven years with Mainz as a player, including a season under Klopp in 2007/08 that saw him play 10 times for the future Liverpool manager.
Svensson retired in 2014 before taking up roles as assistant coach, youth coach and under-19s coach with Mainz, with his return to the club as manager leading to an upturn in fortunes.
In 20 games under Svensson’s management so far, Mainz have only lost five games, and a nine-game unbeaten run between March and May helping them to a 12th-placed finish in 2020/21, having sat second from bottom when he took over.
Mainz can call upon two talented centre-backs in Jeremiah St. Juste and Moussa Niakhate, but may struggle in the goal department having seen their two leading scorers from last season depart the club.
Jean-Philippe Mateta, who scored 10, is currently on loan with Crystal Palace, while seven-goal Robin Quaison has joined Saudi club Al-Ettifaq on a free transfer.
Karim Onisiwo and the veteran Adam Szalai, who netted one and assisted the other in Hungary’s 2-2 draw with Germany at Euro 2020, could be relied upon to provide more goals in their absence.