Tranmere vs Liverpool
Venue: Prenton Park
Kick-off time: 7:30pm BST
Live stream: LFCTV/LFCTV GO
Liverpool have made the short trip to Prenton Park to kick-off their pre-season campaign against Tranmere Rovers this evening.
The European champions have two friendlies in England before heading for the US, with trip to Valley Parade to take on Bradford following next week.
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that FA Youth Cup-winning stars Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel have a big role to play in the coming weeks, with some senior players still to return from their post-summer break.
Follow the action with Liverpool correspondent David Lynch on Standard Sport’s LIVE blog!
27mins: Rhian Brewster wins a free-kick as he takes the ball with his back to goal.
That’s one element of the young striker’s game that he has long been keen to improve and moments like that are encouraging.
20mins: Tranmere go close as Corey Blackett-Taylor cracks an effort from distance after cutting in on his right.
The Rovers No.23 is denied by a strong Simon Mignolet stop.
13mins: Plenty of endeavour from Tranmere as they look to get back in this but Liverpool’s class is really telling at times.
Adam Lallana, featuring in an unfamiliar No.6 role, is doing really well to keep the ball in tight positions and is getting the visitors playing.
4mins: Liverpool dominating possession in the early stages but no real chances to speak of yet.
In other news, prospective signing Harvey Elliott has been spotted in the Prenton Park crowd.
The Liverpool players have headed back to the dressing room after completing their warm-up and we’re just 15 minutes away from kick-off.
I have to say, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked in particularly good nick in front of goal there. He’ll be so pleased to be back playing football.
Wait for new blood goes on
Recent Reds signing Sepp van den Berg is currently watching his teammates warm up from the sidelines at Prenton Park.
The Dutchman has yet to get clearance to play for his new club, though that isn’t expected to take too long to go through.
For now, he’ll have to be content with watching brief – thought he quick picture he got with club mascot Mighty Red surely lifted the spirits a bit.
A surprise selection in the middle tonight, with Mike Dean taking up the whistle.
The Wirral-born ref is – famously – a huge Tranmere Rovers fan. The hosts might expect a few generous calls this evening!
Confirmed team news
Two different teams to take to the field for Liverpool this evening.
First-half team v Tranmere: Mignolet, Clyne, Phillips, Gomez, Larouci, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Kent, Wilson, Brewster.
Second half: Jaros, Hoever, Matip, Johnston, Lewis, Fabinho, Jones, Woodburn, Duncan, Glatzel, Origi.
More team news
The club also hinted that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Fabinho will all play a part, while the game comes too soon for Dejan Lovren.
The club have confirmed that the 17-year-old centre-back is still pending Fifa clearance following his move from PEC Zwolle earlier in June, and is therefore ineligible.
“We are only five days in training, intense sessions, a lot of players are not here. A lot of kids will be involved, that’s clear. How it always is, it’s not about the result but it’s about the performance and all the boys starting or coming on on Thursday will wear a Liverpool shirt and they have to behave like that. They have to do the things we want them to do because that’s part of our DNA.
“We have to show that, how we work, the work-rate must be as high as possible on the day. So, with heavy legs, still try to do your best, that’s the reason for pre-season games: to get a bit of rhythm.
“In the first game that will be difficult, but step by step to get a bit of rhythm in these games and fight back, whatever happens in the games.
“If it’s bad, use it, if it’s good [use it]. That’s how we started in training and that’s what we want to see in the game.”
On facing Tranmere
“Tranmere we always follow a little bit, our U23s play there most of the time. We call it every time we play this game the ‘John Achterberg Trophy’!”
“I would say it’s quite difficult to immediately be part of that first-team squad because we are really strong, but it’s always like it is. These boys are our future if they want to be our future. That’s how it is because for that they need to take all the steps.
“They are at a wonderful club with wonderful coaches. Whoever leads the training, whether it’s me or Pep [Lijnders] or Critch [Neil Critchley] or whoever, it will always be a good session. But this pre-season is for them exciting of course.
“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play. We need all of them and that’s nice. Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel: our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play.
“Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well when we play Borussia Dortmund and all the other guys. So, it’s good and it’s always like this: when you are already in the club, then the door is always open for you to the first team.
“The thing is you have to go through by yourself – we only open the door, we don’t push you through. So, I’m open, I’m very open for exciting football players and if the boys show up, good for them and good for us.”
Liverpool team news and squad
Liverpool have confirmed that Sepp van den Berg will not feature in the club’s first pre-season game tonight.
Van den Berg, 17, joined Liverpool from ZEC Zwolle earlier this month, with the Champions League winners beating out Bayern Munich to the highly-rated centre-back’s signature.
But while the promising Dutch defender will be keen to get his Liverpool career going, the club have announced that he will not be able to frace Tranmere at Prenton Park.
Liverpool confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Van den Berg is still pending Fifa clearance for his new club, and is therefore ineligible for the friendly.
Liverpool have also confirmed that striker Divock Origi – who signed a new contract on Wednesday – and goalkeeper Sion Mignolet are set to be involved tonight.
The club also hinted that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Fabinho will all play a part., while the game comes too soon for Dejan Lovren.
TV channel and live stream information
Tranmere vs Liverpool is available to watch live through LFCTV and through LFCTV GO. A live stream is available through the club’s official website for subscription members.