Liverpool‘s season might be over but Anfield plays host today to a full international fixture, as Brazil and Croatia prepare for the World Cup.
Brazil have two matches before the finals begin, this game and another against Austria. Croatia similarly face one further friendly, against Senegal.
It’s a day of mixed old and new faces at the Reds’ ground, with the Selecao and the Vatreni both having individuals with Liverpool connections.
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For Brazil, there will, of course, be one face in particular who is very much on home soil, with Roberto Firmino an option to lead the attack for Tite.
Croatia, for their part, count Dejan Lovren in their ranks, with the central defender also hoping to earn a starting role for his nation at Russia 2018.
— HNS (@HNS_CFF) June 3, 2018
Lovren also seemed happy to see a returning face—Phillipe Coutinho, who left Liverpool for Barcelona in January, back at Anfield.
Both nations had an opportunity to train on the hallowed turf at Anfield in the lead-up to the game.
There’s a clear appreciation for the city as much as the stadium from both countries, and the unique opportunity to stage a game at such a location.
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 2, 2018
— HNS (@HNS_CFF) June 2, 2018
A quartet of Real Madrid stars also gathered, two from each nation, with Marcelo, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Casemiro all having been in the Champions League final squad against the Reds recently.
Finally, while there might be no Fabinho in the Brazil squad at this time, there could yet be another face getting used to his surroundings.
The match at Anfield kicks off at 3 p.m.
We’ll have updates on how the Liverpool players fared after full time.