Everything you need to know about the Reds’ pre-season preparations, including who they are playing against and the players involved
7pm The Liverpool players reported for duty on July 12th as the Reds begin their pre-season preparation with a training camp in the Austrian state of Salzburg.
There was a smile all around when Jürgen Klopp and his players were reunited about seven weeks after the end of the last Premier League season. The 2019-20 season champion has big ambitions this season as he seeks to recapture his crown from Manchester City.
gate gives you everything you need to know about Liverpool’s pre-season plans and who will be involved in them.
Liverpool: fixtures and results in the pre-season
|date||lamp||Kick-off time (Great Britain)||TV / stream|
|20th of July||Wacker Innsbruck 1-1 Liverpool *||17 o’clock||LFC TV GO|
|20th of July||Liverpool 1-1 Stuttgart *||5:45 p.m.||LFC TV GO|
|July 23||Liverpool 1-0 Mainz||5:15 pm||LFC TV GO|
|29th of July||Liverpool 3-4 Hertha Berlin||7:20 pm||LFC TV GO|
|5th of August||Liverpool 2-0 / 1-0 Bologna **||15: 00/17: 00||LFC TV GO|
|8th August||Liverpool versus Athletic Bilbao||4 p.m.||LFC TV GO|
|August 9||Liverpool versus Osasuna||19 o’clock||LFC TV GO|
* Thirty minute mini-games
** Two 60 minute games
Liverpool started its test schedule in preparation in a rather unusual way, starting on Tuesday, July 20, with two 30-minute “mini-games” against the Austrian second division club FC Wacker Innsbruck and the German Bundesliga club Stuttgart, in a duel against each other compete in a 90-minute game last summer.
Both games, played behind closed doors, ended 1-1. Divock Origi scored the Reds’ goal against Wacker before a completely different XI draw was achieved through the equalization of Sadio Mane against Stuttgart.
Liverpool then defeated another Bundesliga club, Klopp’s old club Mainz, 1-0 on Friday, July 23, due to a late own goal in the 3,500-seat Greisbergers Betten-Arena in Grödig.
Another test followed on Thursday, July 29th, against German opponents Hertha Berlin in the Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck, which has a capacity of 15,000, in which Liverpool lost 4-3. However, there was a silver lining as Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez celebrated their long-awaited return from injuries.
After that, the Reds moved to Evian, France for the last part of their camp. There they defeated Bologna 2-0 and 1-0 in two 60-minute games on Thursday 5th August.
Liverpool will then play two games at Anfield Road within 24 hours, against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday 8 August and Osasuna on Monday 9 August. Both games will be played with 75 percent capacity utilization of the stadium.
Games can be streamed live exclusively on LFC-TV GO.
Which players are involved in Liverpool’s pre-season?
Klopp initially named a 34-person squad for the training camp, with a mix of professionals, fringe players and young talents.
Players like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold all reported on day one, along with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, all of whom are returning from long-term injuries.
Other first-team players include Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kostas Tsimikas, Nat Phillips and James Milner, while there are opportunities for returning loanee players like Harvey Elliott, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius who most recently played for the Reds in 2018. Takumi Minamino is also in attendance after spending the second half of last season at Southampton.
Others to watch out for include youthful Polish striker Mateusz Musialowski, local midfielder Tyler Morton and young full-backs Conor Bradley and Owen Beck, who were drafted from the U18s.
The Reds’ numbers were boosted in week two with the arrival of Neco Williams and Harry Wilson, who were on vacation with Wales after their Euro 2020 successes, on week two, although both face an uncertain future as Liverpool willing to sell when suitable offers are received.
Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri met for the third week in Austria, Jordan Henderson and the Brazilian trio Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho met the team in the last part of the training camp in France.
Will Liverpool’s new transfer commitments be involved?
Yes. New registration Ibrahima Konate is part of the roster after completing his £ 36m ($ 50m) move from RB Leipzig in late May.
The center-back is considered a key figure for the Reds, although fans are hoping there will be more additions by the end of the summer window.
When does Liverpool’s season start?
The Reds begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday August 14 when they travel to Carrow Road against newly promoted Norwich City (kick-off at 5:30 p.m. UK time).
This is reminiscent of the title-winning 2019-20 season, when the Reds defeated the Canaries 4-1 in their opening game on Anfield Road.
After the trip to Norfolk, Klopp’s side will enjoy back-to-back home games against Burnley (Saturday, August 21, 12:30 p.m. kick-off) and Chelsea (Saturday, August 28, 5:30 p.m.).
Check out Liverpool’s full Premier League match list for 2021-22