The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidd9logan) previews the preseason ahead for Liverpool.
With most of the squad making their way to Russia to participate in the World Cup, those who did not participate will compete in a preseason tour around the world. The squad will be traveling the United States and various parts of the world taking on some of the biggest clubs in the Europe. Liverpool will be competing in the International Champions Cup this upcoming Summer against the best clubs in the world.
Last Summer Liverpool decided not to participate in the ICC. They decided to play against Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic before heading to Hong Kong to participate in the Premier League Asia Trophy. They faced Crystal Palace and Leicester City, who they beat 2-1 in the final to capture the Reds’ first trophy of the season. Jurgen Klopp and his men then took to his native country, Germany. Liverpool’s first fixture in Germany was against Hertha Berlin to celebrate each club’s 125th year in existence. The Reds then traveled to Munich where they played in the Audi Cup. They beat Bayern Munich before losing to Atletico Madrid in the final. Liverpool would then make their way back to the United Kingdom and faced off with Athletic Bilbao in Dublin, Ireland.
Liverpool will be competing in the International Champions Cup in various cities around the US. The clubs that will be taking part in the competition along with Liverpool are: AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Roma, and Spurs.
The last time that the Reds made their way to the US was during the Summer of 2016 when they competed in the ICC. The Reds faced AC Milan, Barcelona, and Chelsea as they made a tour through the US. After the ICC, the Reds played six more friendlies that Summer before concluding preseason with a matchup against Barcelona at Wembley.Embed from Getty Images
The ICC is set to start on 20 July in Chicago, Illinois at Soldier Field. It has been confirmed that Liverpool will be taking on Dortmund on 22 July in Charlotte, North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium. Liverpool will then be travelling north to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the Premier League champions in Manchester City. To round off ICC play, Liverpool will travel to “The Big House” in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a matchup against Premier League rivals Manchester United. Tickets are on sale now to attend any fixture in the U.S and you can purchase your tickets here. Join myself and the various supporters clubs in America to bring the Kop to the United States!
After the ICC, the Reds are set to host a couple of fixtures at Anfield. After making plans to host Borussia Monchengladbach at Anfield on 7 August, the fixture has been called off due to Monchengladbach officials allegedly approached Liverpool rising star, Rhian Brewster, illegally. Napoli are still set to face off with Liverpool on 4 August at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. You can purchase tickets here for the friendly against Napoli.
Those who made the trip to the World Cup with their respective countries, are not expected to make the trip to the United States or appear in the fixtures at Anfield. The squad that will be making rounds around the world are those who are among the reserves, out on loan, or not making the 23 man squad for their country. Most of the squad should be back in contention for the friendly against Napoli as the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season is a couple of weeks away.
Liverpool’s signing from RB Leipzig, Naby Keita, will be on display for Liverpool all through preseason as his home country Guinea did not qualify for the World Cup. Other new signings could make an appearance for Liverpool during preseason, but it depends if they make their country’s World Cup squad. Those who are making their way to Russia for the World Cup, will want to get any transfer done beforehand, so they may be on display for fixtures at Anfield or in Dublin.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool will be testing themselves and the depth that is present by facing some of the world’s footballing giants. It will give Klopp and his staff an idea of the team that he can place on the pitch when the opening day of the 2018-19 Premier League season comes around. The fixtures will also showcase the new summer signings and their qualities that they will be bringing to the squad.
Other preseason fixtures may be announced at a later date. The times of the ICC matches are still to be determined. The date and time of the other possible fixtures are not yet confirmed but would be announced as they get closer.