Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Tranmere Rovers: Karius, Matip and Mane to debut

8 July 2016

New signings Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Sadio Mane all start for Liverpool in their first pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers.


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Jurgen Klopp has named a strong side for the Reds’ warmup clash at Prenton Park, despite a number of absentees following this summer’s European Championship.

Karius, a £4.7 million signing from Klopp’s former side Mainz, starts in goal, while Matip takes up his regular position at centre-back, having signed on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke.

Joining Matip in defence are Jon Flanagan, Dejan Lovren and Brad Smith.

With Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can and Joe Allen all still on holiday, Lucas Leiva and Cameron Brannagan line up in midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Mane makes his first appearance for the Reds in attack, and will be hoping to impress following his £30 million move from Southampton.

Joining Mane in a four-man forward line are youngsters Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria, and Brazilian Roberto Firmino.

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has been left out of the squad, with the former AC Milan man set to leave the club this summer.

Academy talents Connor Randall, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Pedro Chirivella, Kevin Stewart, Herbie Kane and Ben Woodburn all make the substitutes’ bench, along with returning loanee Lazar Markovic.

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LFC starting XI: Karius, Flanagan, Lovren, Matip, Smith, Brannagan, Lucas, Kent, Ejaria, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Bogdan, Moreno, Ilori, Ings, Stewart, Wisdom, Markovic, Kane, Randall, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold, Chirivella.

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