Starting lineup, confirmed:
Piszczek - Subotic - Sokratis - Schmelzer
Sahin - Gundogan
Kampl - Kagawa - Reus
Bench: Langerak, Ginter, Kirch, Jojic, Mkhitaryan, Immobile, Ramos
Looks like Klopp is starting to settle on a consistent team and that Miki/Ciro find their way out of it for the time being. Key game for the attacking players to build on Saturday's showing and reassure their own positions in the team for the coming weeks, let's see how they'll do. Looking especially at Kagawa and Kampl here.
Won't be an easy game, Mainz are more similar to the way most teams in the league have set up against BVB this season than they are to Freiburg who made it easy the other day. They'll set up defensively in numbers and just play on the counter, the team will have to do a better job to break them down than they have for much of the season against these kind of sides.
How has Kampl been received?
He hasn't really made a notable impact yet, although it's difficult in this situation seeing as the attack has been disassembled all season long especially in the league and we haven't consistently played the short, passing football that the Dortmund teams of past seasons did. He's still settling into the squad as well and learning how to play with his teammates but also a new league. The German league is obviously of a much higher standard than the Austrian is.
I'll reserve my judgment on him until he's had enough time to settle in and showcase his talents, so far he's not been anything special but the potential is there and if we can start being more consistent with our attacking game plan, we'll get more out of him and others when they're on the ball.