Jurgen Klopp and his squad along with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Steve Mcmanaman have just returned from a few days down under where they played a friendly against Sydney FC at the ANZ stadium. The Reds put in an impressive performance to win 3-0 with goals coming from Sturridge, Firmino and Moreno to put on a show for over 80,000 fans inside the stadium.
With the squad having returned form Australia and plenty of transfer rumours circulating currently here’s what the preseason looks like for Liverpool.
The team will fly out to Hong Kong for two fixtures in the Asia Cup which will be against premier league opposition. The fixtures will be on the 19th and 22nd of July against two out of three of the following English clubs ; Crystal Palace, West Ham or Leicester. Of course this is the time of year for Klopp to experiment with new signing and youngsters but the eleven men on the pitch will have to be at there very best to beat any of the three sides on the day.
The will not have much time to spend at home after their trip to Hong Kong with the fixtures coming thick and fast and on the 29th of July they will face Hertha Berlin in the Olympiastadion in Berlin with a local time of approximately 6pm. With the majority of preseason games labelled as only insignifant friendlies this match is a landmark game for both Hertha and LFC as it marks the 125 year anniversary of both clubs.
Liverpool will remain in Germany after this historical game where they will begin their two game campaign in the Audi Cup alongside European Giants Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich and will take on two of these sides on August 1st and 2nd in the Allianz Arena in Munich. This will be the perfect opportunity for the Reds to test themselves against teams who they may come up against if they can succeed in their Champions League Qualifier. Klopp has said these two games will be ideal preparation for our 2017/18 campaign but it will also be an opportunity for him to return to his home land where he will receive plenty of support. There is also talk of a trip to Dublin to face Bilbao on the 5th of Aug but this is yet to be confirmed.
Ten days after the Audi Cup closes liverpool’s new premier league season will commence on the 12th August and then on the 15/16th LFC will return to Europe with the first leg of the qualifier and then the second to be played on the 22/23rd of August and no matter what leg is the home leg the atmosphere at Anfield under the floodlights will be electric.