Two pre-season losses in a row and Liverpool fans are already losing their minds on Twitter. Liverpool have thus far fallen to Dortmund and Sevilla on the US tour and will be hoping to buck that trend against Sporting CP in New York tonight.
Another late night awaits for British fans as the game in New York kicks off at 01:05 am (BST.)
Liverpool will yet again aim to bounce back after a loss. The Reds fell to defeat against Sevilla in Boston on Sunday. The game overshadowed by an abhorrent tackle by Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon on Yasser Larouci.
Liverpool will probably be looking to field close to a full first-team side against Sporting, providing the weather isn’t crazy.
Andy Lonergan made a surprise appearance in the first half of the loss against Sevilla. He may make another tonight. It’s yet to be seen if he’s going to stay with the club beyond pre-season.
Adam Lallana has not had his fitness confirmed and could miss out on another game thanks to his “dead leg.”
It was confirmed today that Nathaniel Clyne has suffered a cruciate ligament injury. He will be out for roughly six months.
Yasser Larouci – who has impressed a lot of fans so far in pre-season – will miss out against Sporting thanks to the injury he sustained against Sevilla.
Still no word on Sepp van den Berg’s FIFA clearance.
Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker will all return to the squad following the conclusion of the US tour.
Sadio Mane lost out in the final of AFCON last week. He will return to the squad on August 5. The day after Liverpool take on Manchester City in the Community Shield.
As we hurtle towards the start of the season, it is becoming clearer what team we will be looking at come August 9.
Jurgen Klopp will probably go for a starting XI for 60 minutes tonight, followed by a host of changes in the last half hour.
Simon Mignolet; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner; Harry Wilson, Rhian Brewster, Ryan Kent.
What to expect…
Two consecutive losses has predictably sent Liverpool fans into meltdown. Pre-season or not, Liverpool fans will forever be fickle and jump to conclusions.
The pressure, therefore, is on Liverpool to produce something in New York. The Reds have not had a good time of it so far in the states.
The game in Boston started at 33 degrees celsius. The hottest day in Boston since 1991. Temperatures in New York today are much milder and will allow for a higher standard of competition.
Hopefully, cooler temperatures mean cooler heads on the opposing players.
An actually friendly atmosphere
The game against Sevilla felt hostile for the most part. From the off players like Ever Banega were trying their best to get themselves into physical altercations.
The game against Sporting will be much different. Closer to the way the Dortmund game felt.
Sporting will definitely not go easy into the New York night. They will be more than game to try and take down the European champions.
That being said, even if this is pre-season, Liverpool could do with a win here. 3-1 to the Reds.