Liverpool rolled past Tranmere in quick fashion. Scoring a goal for each of the Reds’ European Cups in the process. Pre-season rolls on as Liverpool travel to Bradford to take on the Bantams.
WHERE: Northern Commercials Stadium (Valley Parade)
WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 2019; 15:00 BST
The Champions of Europe will continue their pre-season campaign in Bradford as the side look to build fitness before the tour of America. The tour begins next week and will see Liverpool play Sevilla, Sporting and Borussia Dortmund.
Yet again, Liverpool will be without many of their major stars for the Bradford game. This will allow the youth of the side to shine through once again.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are both still out of the frame thanks to AFCON action. The latter of the two now in the semi-finals after Senegal beat Benin. Mohamed Salah will return following his holiday – he may join up with the squad in the US.
Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum all join up with the squad at Melwood on Saturday. They could make their first appearances of pre-season on Sunday.
Youngster Paul Glatzel will more than likely miss out thanks to the injury he sustained at Prenton Park on Wednesday.
Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri remain injured and will not take part.
New signing Sepp van den Berg did not make his Liverpool debut against Tranmere. The 17-year-old Dutchman is still awaiting FIFA clearance. It is unclear whether he will feature against Bradford.
There is literally no point in predicting a line-up.
There will, however, be two teams that the Reds field. One in the first half and another entire XI in the second.
Liverpool fielded all 23 players in the match-day squad against Tranmere thanks to an injury to Paul Glatzel. It saw Dan Atherton, the goalkeeper, emulate prime Shamal George and fill in up front.
What to expect…
If the Tranmere game was anything to go by, the Reds that are playing their part in pre-season are hungry to prove they belong. This saw Nathaniel Clyne even make his way onto the scoresheet against Tranmere.
As any professional would, Liverpool will want to win every single game they play in. Regardless of the competitive level.
I predicted 4-0 for the Tranmere game and was slightly off.
I’m going all-in here and going to say 8-0.