Liverpool’s closing pleasant of their official pre-season sees them return to Anfield to tackle Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg on Sunday night.
Liverpool vs. Strasbourg
Pre-season pleasant (5) | Anfield
July 31, 2022 | 7.30pm (BST)
The match would be the second of two video games in two days for the Reds, following the Group Protect win in opposition to Man Metropolis on Saturday.
With only one week to go till Liverpool’s Premier League opener in opposition to Fulham, the pleasant would be the closing alternative for a lot of gamers to get precious minutes of their legs forward of one other gruelling season.
Right here’s 10 issues it’s essential know forward of Liverpool’s pleasant with Strasbourg.
1. Again to Anfield!
It actually is sweet to be again, isn’t it?
This will likely be Liverpool’s first match at Anfield since their victory over Wolves on the ultimate day of the Premier League season in Might.
The stadium may have a barely totally different look to it, with work on the enlargement of the Anfield Street Finish accelerating in the course of the summer season break, and effectively on monitor to be accomplished this time subsequent 12 months.
Liverpool’s first residence league match of the season will happen on Monday, August 15, in opposition to Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
2. The second sport in two days
It’s a busy weekend for the Reds!
The match takes place simply 26 hours after Liverpool’s Group Protect win over Man Metropolis on the King Energy.
This isn’t the primary time the membership have intentionally scheduled two matches throughout the identical weekend, with Klopp wanting to unfold the match motion throughout his squad earlier than the actual stuff kicks off subsequent week.
It was the identical within the final pre-season, the place Liverpool took on Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna the weekend earlier than their league opener in opposition to Norwich.
3. Who may play?
Those that didn’t begin in opposition to Man Metropolis can count on to function at Anfield on Sunday.
Which means the likes of Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Harvey Elliott and Darwin Nunez may all begin.
Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsay, Kostas Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kaide Gordon and Diogo Jota stay absent.
Potential Reds XI: Davies; Mabaya, Konate, Gomez, Milner; Bajcetic, Keita, Jones; Elliott, Carvalho, Nunez
4. Kids again within the combine
The match also needs to give plenty of Liverpool’s younger gamers a chance to impress.
Isaac Mabaya and Stefan Bajcetic look more likely to begin, however a number of the academy prospects who missed out on the journey to Austria may function right here.
Luke Chambers, James Norris, Leighton Clarkson, Tom Hill and Melkamu Frauendorf have been all concerned within the tour of Asia and we’d count on not less than a few of them to be named on the bench.
5. What has Klopp mentioned?
Talking in his post-match press convention following the Group Protect win, Klopp insisted that pre-season is much from over:
“I do know now we have to work. We mentioned it earlier than, now we have to increase our pre-season not less than for 2 extra weeks. There’s no different likelihood.
“We can not simply now go within the regular rhythm, play video games on the weekend that we aren’t ready for.
“Then three video games every week which we may have from, I don’t know precisely, from three or 4 weeks.”
6. What can we count on from Strasbourg?
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— Racing Membership de Strasbourg Alsace English (@RCSA_English) July 29, 2022
Just like the Premier League, the Ligue 1 season additionally kicks off subsequent weekend, with Strasbourg internet hosting Takumi Minamino‘s Monaco of their opener subsequent Saturday.
Julien Stephan’s facet completed sixth, simply exterior the European qualification locations, within the French high flight final season.
This will likely be their fifth match of pre-season, having drawn 2-2 in opposition to Brentford earlier this month, and dropping their most up-to-date pleasant in opposition to Cagliari on Wednesday.
7. Do you know?
— Racing Membership de Strasbourg Alsace English (@RCSA_English) July 30, 2022
Liverpool’s final aggressive assembly in opposition to Strasbourg got here within the 1997/98 marketing campaign, when the French outfit knocked the Reds out of what was previously referred to as the UEFA Cup within the second spherical.
A 3-0 first leg defeat in France proved expensive, and a 2-0 victory within the return fixture, with Robbie Fowler and Karl-Heinz Riedle on the scoresheet, wasn’t sufficient to show the tie round.
David James, Paul Ince, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen have been among the many different Liverpool gamers to function in each matches.
8. The friendlies aren’t finished but!
Assume that is the ultimate pleasant of Liverpool’s pre-season? Assume once more!
In a press convention on Thursday, Klopp revealed that his facet will play one other warm-up match after their journey to Craven Cottage subsequent weekend.
The match will happen behind closed doorways, with experiences suggesting Aston Villa would be the opponents.
It’s not the primary time Liverpool may have performed Villa in such a match, having additionally finished so in an identical pleasant this time final 12 months, sooner or later after their opening day victory at Norwich.
The sport will give those that don’t function in opposition to Fulham one other likelihood to construct up their health.
9. The ultimate countdown
We’re now lower than every week away from the brand new Premier League season. That summer season has flown by, hasn’t it?
The journeys to Asia and Austria each went to plan, and Klopp appears proud of the work his facet have gotten by within the final month. “The boys are prepared,” he mentioned after the win in opposition to Metropolis on Saturday.
After this sport, Liverpool will spend the following 5 days stepping up their preparations on the AXA Coaching Centre, earlier than 2022/23 formally will get underway subsequent Saturday.
10. We’ll be stay from Anfield!
Liverpool vs. Strasbourg will likely be proven stay on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, with kickoff at7.30pm (BST).
Nonetheless, in case you’re not capable of watch, Jack Sear will likely be bringing you reside updates from the sport in This Is Anfield‘s stay weblog. See you then!