Photos: Liverpool arrive in South Bend for first leg of US tour

16 July 2019

Liverpool have landed in the United States for the first leg of their pre-season tour, and Jurgen Klopp and his squad were greeted by fans in South Bend.


The Reds take on Borussia Dortmund in South Bend, before heading to Boston for a clash with Sevilla at the home to FSG, then rounding off the tour by meeting Sporting CP in New York.

After comfortable victories in their opening domestic friendlies, these ties are likely to be a much tougher test for Klopp’s side.

Off the pitch, this tour allows Liverpool to connect with their American support, and Jordan Henderson was among those to pose for selfies with fans at their hotel.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp steps off the team bus arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool players arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp named a 28-man squad for the trip, also joined by ex-Middlesbrough goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who will provide an extra body in training this pre-season.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's Ben Woodburn (L) and Bobby Duncan arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A host of youngsters have been given the opportunity to impress, with Bobby Duncan benefiting in particular, as injury to his strike partner Paul Glatzel increases his chances.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's Rhian Brewster (L) and goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rhian Brewster has shone so far up front this summer, scoring three times across two 45-minute appearances.

The 19-year-old is due to play a big role for the Reds in 2019/20, but will need to prove himself against top-level opposition, with his only outings so far coming against sides from League One and League Two.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Summer signing Sepp van den Berg is yet to feature, but the 17-year-old is likely to receive international clearance ahead of a possible debut in the US.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One player who could well play every minute is Simon Mignolet, with injuries and absences to other goalkeepers ensuring a focal role for the Belgian this summer.

Mignolet is still pushing for a move away from Liverpool, but he is likely to need to wait until the end of pre-season, when Alisson returns to the fold.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's Curtis Jones arrives at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones will be looking to impress in the US, having fallen behind in the Reds’ midfield pecking order last term.

The pair have both caught the eye against Tranmere and Bradford, and continued strong form against Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting would boost their chances significantly.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Ki-Jana Hoever arrive at the team hotel in South Bend at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk is among a host of senior players who could make first pre-season outing across the pond, with Dortmund to come on Friday night in Indiana.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Andy Lonergan departs the team hotel in South Bend for their first training session at the start of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who is training with the Reds while they’re short of ‘keeper options, must be pinching himself at going from being on loan at Rochdale to touring with the European Champions!

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