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.
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.