Liverpool come out in strength for Bayer friendly

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Liverpool start today’s final pre-season friendly of the summer against Sami Hyypia’s Bayer Leverkusen with Pepe Reina, Steven Gerrard and Luis Saurez amongst the eleven.

Youngster Raheem Sterling is also handed a starting place with a near-full Anfield expected for this game, less than a week before the start of the new Premier League season.

The Reds defence is makeshift, with Martin Kelly, Jamie Carragher and Sebastian Coates starting in places where Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel will be expected to fill next week.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Enrique, Carragher, Coates, Lucas, Shelvey, Gerrard, Downing, Sterling, Suarez.

Subs: Jones, Henderson, Carroll, Adam, Robinson, Spearing.

Liverpool vs Bayer Leverkusen kicks off at Anfield at 3pm and is live on ESPN and ESPN HD in the UK.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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