The first big test comes for Klopp’s new look squad in the form of a glamorous friendly game vs Chelsea at The Rose Bowl, a magnificent 92,000 capacity stadium in Pasadena, California.

Due to it’s location the game is not one for watching live here in the UK, kick off will be just after 4.30am BST. It’ll be really interesting to see Klopp’s starting 11 here and we may see confirmation that the confident new keeper Karius will be first choice between the sticks.

Sturridge, Lallana, Clyne and Milner have returned to the squad along with the Belgian trio. This should be a good watch as the team starts to take shape ahead of the new season. You can watch the game live on LFCTV GO.

From Huytonian

It seems we we’re both writing this post at the same time, so here’s Huytonian’s take on the game, thanks for the contribution mate.

It seems a long time since our last friendly against Huddersfield. I guess we’ll have to get used to just one match a week for most of the coming season.  With the players who took part in the Euros returning both teams will have almost a full squad to choose from.  Liverpool have injury problems at centre half and we should therefore get to see our new signing Klavan.  I’m looking forward to seeing what could be an exciting forward line of Mane, Firmino and Coutinho behind Sturridge if Klopp chooses to play them together.  No doubt we will see two teams again as in previous pre-season games though Moreno may have to play 90 minutes as we only seem to have one left back at the club at the moment.  This may be a friendly despite being dressed up as a cup match but it would be a chance to make a statement which we should take, especially as we have a visit to Stamford Bridge coming up early in the new season.

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KLOPPite
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Not a great start. Moreno with a deserved yellow for a poor challenge on Willian.
Zonal marking and then Grujic being quite weak in the air allows Cahill a headed goal on a corner in the 10′.
Now Grujic gets a yellow around the 13′.
We’ve had decent possession but nothing threatening

RedUncle
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I thought the result was fairly predictable, to be honest. We didn’t start with a number of our first teamers and the team that was put out had hardly played together as a unit. There wasn’t a great deal of natural flow to our game but that was to be expected with all the new additions. A goal to either side was always likely to win this match, in the circumstances. Given it was a preseason friendly Fabregas’ tackle was extremely clumsy. Had he really connected with Klavan the new boy could’ve had a nasty injury. On the plus side, that’s another game under the belt for many of the new signings so fitness and cohesion should improve. We didn’t get embarrassed by the opposition so job done really.

OldSage
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Well fellas, I’m based in the USA and I watched the game at 11PM last night. Team started the game with about half of the team from the reserves mixed in with some first teamers and a few of the new signings. This group (obviously) was not one that has developed the synergy necessary to play in the EPL and after 11 minutes of defending they were behind by a goal. That’s right, Klopp’s team started the night parking the bus and paid for it. Chelsea looked like grown men playing with kids. Liverpool’s play picked up after the goal and we started pressing and attacking when we got the ball, but the old problem of no ability to score in the final third, reared it’s ugly head. The rest of the game was a badly played stalemate and we lost 1-0. IMHO we got rid of too many players (too quickly) who were a part of last year’s core or were critical to the harmony on the team. Team synergy is a weird thing. Just when you think you have it figured out, it changes because of some ‘small’ thing you did and now you must scramble to restore/replace… Read more »
Huytonian
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It was a good workout and certainly a very competitive game. I thought Klavan looked a decent replacement for Kolo. Mane was lively again until he tired but I have been disappointed with Firmino in pre-season so far. He needs to find his touch quickly as there is a lot of competition for that number 10 place. Once again Karius had nothing to do except pick the ball out of the net from Cahill’s header, with which he had no chance. This must say something positive about our defending which throughout pre-season has been helped by the screening of Stewart. He is constantly criticised by Gary Gillespie on LFCTV for not being more creative but his job is to win the ball and play it to his more creative colleagues, which he has done well.

lanoisseforp
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The result was predicable and I am not really concerned about it even though it’s not a nice one to have found out this morning. I just saw the 5 minutes highlights on YouTube and it’s not enough for me to comment about, however the defending at the set piece is typical Liverpool FC which has never been addressed for years.

The red card was deserving and from the challenge I thought the game was up for Klavan and out for the season… the Gods must have been on our side when he survived from it whew! Next stop is at Milan somewhere in California at 3am our time? I will be in bed 😀

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