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The Reds play their final warm-up match before the Premier League campaign gets under way against the League One club, with kick-off 3pm BST.
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Liverpool take on Blackpool in their final friendly of pre-season at Anfield on Saturday, with Jurgen Klopp forced to field a decidedly top-heavy lineup due to absences.
The Reds announced that the conclusion to their preparations for 2020/21 will come against Neil Critchley‘s Tangerines, a week after technically starting the campaign in the Community Shield.
Coming up against League One opposition may not be the most functional warmup for a clash with Leeds on September, particularly after clashes with Stuttgart, Salzburg and Arsenal already, but it will be a chance for many to pick up sharpness.
Unfortunately, however, Klopp is without a host of players due to the current international break, with 11 first-team options away on duty, including the entirety of his first-choice defence.
This makes selecting a lineup for this friendly rather difficult, but it does give the manager a chance to experiment with a new system and cast a gaze over a number of squad options.
Here’s how Liverpool could line up against Blackpool.
The Reds are stepping up preparations for the new campaign which will see them looking to defend their Premier League crown, having ended their 30-year wait for the title in July.
Jurgen Klopp’s men kicked off their pre-season with a 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart while in a training camp in Austria, with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Rhian Brewster grabbing the goals. They followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Red Bull Salzburg but had to rely on Brewster’s double to secure the result, having gone two goals down.
Their most recent result wasn’t a mere pre-season friendly, however, as Liverpool took on Arsenal in the Community Shield final, officially opening the 2020/21 English football season. Takumi Minamino scored in the second half to cancel out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener, but Liverpool would go on to lose out on penalties, with Brewster the only player to miss.
But now, with some of the squad away on international duty, Liverpool’s attention will turn to Saturday’s game against Blackpool.
Although there has been a tight turnaround between the two seasons, transfer rumours have been rife, and recently the future of Georginio Wijnaldum has come into doubt.
Wijnaldum has been an important, perhaps even underappreciated, part of Liverpool’s successful side over the past few seasons, helping them to win the Champions League and Premier League. The Dutch midfielder played all but one of Liverpool’s league games last season, starting 35 in total. But the Reds are now being linked with signing Thiago from Bayern Munich, and Wijnaldum is the midfielder many expect he will be replacing, particularly as he has one year remaining on his contract.