Liverpool and Salzburg both fighting for the same spot


It is all to play for when Red Bull Salzburg welcome Liverpool to the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night, with both sides knowing that victory could seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, agencies report.

Holders Liverpool lead the way in Group E heading into the final matchday and only need to avoid defeat to progress, but a win for Salzburg would likely see them leapfrog the European champions via the head-to-head rule. For the second season in a row, Liverpool's hopes of still being in the Champions League in the new year have gone down to the final game of the group stage.

Klopp was quick to play down concerns over the injury picked up by Dejan Lovren during Saturday's win at Bournemouth, suggesting that it was nothing more serious than cramp. A similar issue kept both Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana out of that match and, while the midfield duo should be ready to return against Salzburg, Lovren is expected to sit out the match.

Should that be the case then Joe Gomez will partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the defence with Joel Matip still sidelined, while Trent Alexander-Arnold will return to the starting lineup after being left out at the weekend.