The pre-season games are coming thick and fast. Wigan have been on a bit of a roller coaster the last few seasons, being demoted from the Premier League and then from the Championship, to which they have just returned after winning League 1 last season. I have a bit of a soft spot for Wigan as I remember my Dad taking me to their old Springfield Park ground to watch them play my local team Prescot Cables in the old Lancashire Combination back in the late 1950’s. Wigan have been on an amazing journey since those days (sadly Prescot haven’t).
This game should be more of a challenge than Tranmere or Fleetwood and maybe Kaius will get some goalkeeping practice. One player who should return for Liverpool is Coutinho who has been training now for a few days. Otherwise I would expect the same players to feature as against Fleetwood with maybe young Ben Woodburn to miss out (though I hope not). If Markovic plays it will be a big game for him as he has done little so far to suggest he should be part of Klopp’s squad for the coming season. Klopp wasn’t happy with the first half team against Fleetwood and I would expect to see a response from some of our more senior players.