Liverpool take on Tranmere Rovers in their second pre-season friendly of the summer on Tuesday night, and Jurgen Klopp will name two XIs again.
After a comprehensive win over Chester FC on Saturday afternoon, the Reds continue their preparations for 2018/19 with a short trip to Birkenhead.
Home of Liverpool’s U23s, Prenton Park will play host to a competitive clash that will see Klopp look to build on an impressive second-half display at Deva Stadium.
The manager was not as enamoured with his side’s disjointed showing in the opening 45, but there remained kernels of positivity, most notably in Harry Wilson‘s well-taken brace.
Wilson will be among those aiming to force his way into contention with another bright showing in midweek, with Klopp likely to welcome back Joel Matip and Adam Lallana as he puts together two XIs once again.
Here’s how the Reds could line up in each half at Tranmere.
Karius; Clyne, Gomez, Phillips, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita; Wilson, Solanke, Jones; Origi
Pre-season, particularly in the early weeks, is largely designed to build fitness, but the chemistry of Klopp’s squad is also vital as the new campaign looms.
With Loris Karius retaining his place as No. 1 goalkeeper and receiving praise from his manager after a strong 45-minute showing at Chester, the 25-year-old should start again on Tuesday.
Though he and Solanke failed to find the target on Saturday, Divock Origi‘s trial for a long-term place at Anfield should see him lead the line again.
Ward; Camacho, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Milner, Woodburn, Lallana; Kent, Ings, Sturridge
Klopp made 1 changes at half-time in Chester. He is likely to do the same again on Tuesday, starting at the back as he provides Danny Ward another opportunity to prove his worth between the sticks.
Owing to his experience as a right wing-back in Steven Gerrard’s 3-4-3 last term, Rafa Camacho makes an interesting alternative at the back, and he should join Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno.
Both Ings and Kent got themselves on the scoresheet on Saturday, as did Daniel Sturridge, and they can look to increase their chances of a move this summer with bright showings at Prenton Park.
Grabara, Kelleher, Chirivella, Ojo
Klopp left Lazar Markovic out completely at the weekend, with the Serbian under no uncertain terms that he has no future on Merseyside.
This restricts the Reds’ substitute options, but having made 11 changes at the break this should not be too much of an issue, instead providing cover if required.
Chirivella’s omission from the lineups for both halves could be seen as unfortunate, but with another loan move on the horizon and Matip available he should settle for a place on the bench.
Finally, though Ojo created some bright moments in Chester the return of Lallana could also relegated him to the role of reserve, with Wilson, Kent and Jones more impressive in the pre-season opener.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will report back for the tour of the United States, while Simon Mignolet, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson are still at the World Cup.