Liverpool have kicked off pre-season with a victory against Tranmere Rovers and a stalemate with Wigan Athletic, and now look forward to the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.
Several first-team regulars had the opportunity to stretch their legs in the two friendlies thus far, such as Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, while record-signing Mohamed Salah announced himself with a goal on debut against The Latics.
The squad will receive a further boost in the coming weeks when Sadio Mane joins the squad after recovering from knee surgery, as confirmed by manager Jurgen Klopp.
“Sadio is on the way back. The plan is he will come with us to Germany,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
The Reds travel to Germany for a friendly meeting with Hertha Berlin on July 29th, while the Audi Cup places them against Bayern Munich on August 1st and either Atletico Madrid or Napoli on August 2nd.
Before heading off to Germany, Liverpool enter the Premier League Asia Trophy against Crystal Palace in a ‘semi-final’ clash on Wednesday, followed by either a third-place playoff or final against either Leicester City or West Brom on Saturday.
The Reds wrap up pre-season fixtures on August 5th in Dublin, Ireland’s near 52 thousand-seater Aviva Stadium against Athletic Bilbao.
The confirmed Liverpool squad for the Hong Kong trip is:
Goalkeepers: Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius, Danny Ward
Defenders: Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Alberto Moreno, Jon Flanagan
Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum, Marko Grujic, Ben Woodburn, Kevin Stewart
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Dominic Solanke, Mohamed Salah, Ryan Kent
Noticable by his absence is German international Emre Can, who happens to be in the final 12 months of his contract.
The 23-year-old is reportedly being eyed by Juventus, who are looking to invest the funds acquired from the sale of Leonardo Bonucci, and believe they could strike a decent deal due to Can’s contract situation.
Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato Web claim that Juventus are willing to offer £21.8 million (€24.5 million) for Can, who most recently turned out for Germany at the Confederations Cup.