It’s only been a month since the Reds were crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time, but with the US tour on the horizon, here are a few preseason expectations for Liverpool.
There are seven fixtures set for preseason and this is what you can expect to see from Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Heavy Focus on Youth
With Rhian Brewster set to make the leap into the first team this upcoming season, he will undoubtedly feature heavily in preseason. Jurgen Klopp will be keen to see how ready the young Englishman is for Premier League action.
However, Brewster is not the only youngster that will be on the radar for the first team staff. New signing Sepp van der Berg will likely feature and a bunch of current youth prospects will join him.
Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent are set to fight for their places at the club. Both players are coming off the back of successful loan spells at Derby and Rangers respectively. However, their future is still uncertain and could be decided in successful preseason performances.
Expect them to have the biggest say when the Reds take on Tranmere Rovers on July 11. Opening their preseason campaign at Prenton Park.
A Lengthy Wait for African Reds
The first few weeks of preseason will be missing a few very influential Reds. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are all away at AFCON currently and will be given the standard two-weeks holiday following the conclusion of the tournament.
This means that there will be a long wait before any of the three see action. Naby Keita may be out for even longer given that the Guinean has suffered a few niggling injuries whilst with his national team.
Senegal, Egypt and Guinea have all made the knockout stages of AFCON. If Mane, Salah or Keita were to make the final, their holiday would end on August 2. This means they could potentially miss out of the Community Shield clash with Manchester City.
They may even struggle in a race to be fit for the Reds’ opening Premier League game at home to Norwich on August 9.
Warm US Reception
Liverpool will pack in the games thick and fast once preseason gets underway. The Reds will jet off to America following the Tranmere and Bradford games.
Jurgen and his team will hit three different US cities for three of our bigger preseason games. Liverpool play Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana on July 19.
The tour of America is a chance for tens of thousands of fans to see their favourite team play, live and in the flesh. An opportunity that only comes around every so often unless they travel across the pond during the season.
Liverpool will hop straight back over the pond in time to play Napoli at Murrayfield on July 28.
A Look at an Established First XI
As Liverpool get to the game against Lyon in July, we will start to see what the Liverpool line-up for the first competitive games of the season will look like.
Jurgen Klopp will be wanting to get the squad fighting fit as soon as possible in order to give the side the best chance of securing two pieces of silverware in August. The Reds compete for both the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup.
And those two games sandwich the opening Premier League fixture of the season.
It’s going to be a crazy couple months for the Reds with games every few days and the transfer window always taking over what people are thinking.