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Bayern Munich will aim to secure consecutive pre-season victories as they face Liverpool at the National Stadium in Singapore on Wednesday (1.30pm CEST/7.30pm local time).
- Updated: August 2, 2023
Having a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel is likely to deploy his preferred front four against Liverpool. Serge Gnabry is expected to lead the attack, supported by Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, and Kingsley Coman in the final third, especially after Sadio Mane’s move to Al Nassr was confirmed. Despite boasting such an intimidating attack, Bayern has chosen to leave some key players at home due to injuries. Club captain Manuel Neuer is still recovering from a broken leg, while Thomas Müller is nursing a hip injury. After a 2-1 loss to Manchester City in their first pre-season friendly, Bayern bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Kawasaki Frontale. Tuchel will use these matches to assess new signings like Kim Min-jae and Konrad Laimer, although Raphael Guerreiro, a former Borussia Dortmund player, is sidelined along with Neuer and Müller.
Liverpool’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, previously denied Bayern the Bundesliga title during his time as the Dortmund manager in 2011 and 2012 before taking the reins at Liverpool. He has since led the Reds to triumphs in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League. However, Liverpool had a challenging season, finishing fifth in the previous campaign. Consequently, this will be their first competitive encounter with Bayern since 2019. Liverpool has added former RB Leipzig star Dominik Szoboszlai to their squad this summer, and he returned from an ankle injury to feature in their recent 4-0 win over Leicester. Additionally, Trent Alexander-Arnold might get another opportunity to play in midfield