Liverpool vs Bologna Club Friendly LIVE Football Score 5 Aug 2021
Liverpool will take in the sights of a fourth ground as part of their pre-season schedule when they meet Bologna on Thursday, with Camille Fournier Stadium to play host.
The Reds have four pre-season friendlies under their belt to date, with outings against Wacker Innsbruck, Stuttgart, Mainz and Hertha Berlin providing the early opposition.
Fitness and restoring match sharpness into the squad has been the priority ahead of results, to which Liverpool have one win, two draws and a defeat to their name – all providing valuable lessons.
Next up is Serie A’s Bologna on Thursday in two 60-minute games, where Jurgen Klopp will name two different XIs to see members of his team edge ever closer to completing a full 90.
And they will contest the two games at the Camille Fournier Stadium in Evian, France, where Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds have been training since their arrival in the town over the weekend.
The location of the fixtures had largely been kept under wraps for the 3pm and 5pm (BST) kickoffs, but it is not new surroundings for the Reds.
The picturesque stadium that sits on the banks of Lake Geneva was the training base for pre-season in 2018 and is a popular destination for clubs and national teams thanks to its impressive complex – Germany’s 2016 Euro squad were notable visitors.
The fixtures are expected to take place behind closed doors but they could offer an early look at the team who could start against Norwich on August 14.
Notably, Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip will continue to add to their minutes with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez set for more action from the bench, likewise Roberto Firmino and Fabinho following their late return.
Liverpool will face Italian side Bologna in two 60 minute matches at the Camille Fournier Stadium in France. The match will most likely be played behind closed doors with no fans in attendance.
The Serie A outfit finished 12th last season and was recently beaten 3-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund in their previous preseason friendly.
For the Reds they have seen the return of their Brazilian boys with Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson all joining preseason training this week.
Bologna welcome Marko Arnautovic to their team after purchasing the Austrian striker for €3million from Shanghai Port. However it has been said the clash against Klopp’s men is too early for the new signing to feature.
The Italian side also welcome back Musa Barrow back to training after the centre forward was out for two weeks with coronavirus.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Matip, Robertson, Keita, Milner, Jones, Mane, Salah, Jota
Bologna (4-2-3-1): Skorupski, Silvestri, Soumaoro, Bonifazi, Dijks, Svanberg, Schouten, Vignato, Orsolini, Sansone, Santander.
It is important to note that there will be two 60 minute games played. These are the predicted line ups for the best possible 11 however, expect to see a lot more youngsters mixed into both squads for both the matches.
Ones to watch
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During their previous preseason friendlies Naby Keita has lit the pitch up from midfield for Liverpool. The Guinea international’s fancy foot work and close control has seen him manoeuvre the ball through tight positions and created brilliant scoring opportunities. Riddle with injuries throughout his Anfield career, the Red’s number eight will be hoping to impress the boss this preseason and force his way into the starting eleven. He will be looking to get a run of games under his belt and hopefully see the last of his injury worries.
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Nicola Sansone will be a man Liverpool will need to look out for. The veteran forward has made his mark in both the Serie A with Bologna and Sassuolo and La Liga with Villareal. The 29-year-old scored two and assisted two from the left wing last season.