LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 2, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool to begin pre-season with Stuttgart and Salzburg friendlies

Liverpool will play pre-season friendlies against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg during their time in Austria.

Jurgen Klopp‘s champions are in Saalfelden near Salzburg for 10 days, having arrived in Austria last Saturday after a late change in plans following new government quarantine restrictions.

With the Community Shield against Arsenal a week on Saturday (August 29), Klopp’s side some friendlies before then to help get up to speed.

And Liverpool’s two opponents will be German side Stuttgart, who are already training in Saalfelden and played Ajax in a friendly on Tuesday, and RB Salzburg, who the Reds played last season in the Champions League.

The match against Stuttgart is to take place on Saturday, 22 August at 5pm (BST), and then against Salzburg on Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm (BST).

The first game is expected to take place at Stadion Burgerau with the latter to be played at Red Bull Arena, of course, behind-closed-doors. For supporters, both games will be live on LFCTV.

Stuttgart are managed by Thomas Hitzlsperger and were promoted back to the Bundesliga last season.

Nathaniel Phillips (VFB Stuttgart), (Image: Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/DPA/PA Images)

Liverpool have a good relationship with both clubs, with Nat Phillips having spent last season on loan at Stuttgart, and the Reds having signed Takumi Minamino from Salzburg in January.

Klopp’s squad return to Merseyside next Wednesday, ahead of the Community Shield, before some players head out for international duty before the season starts on September 12.

The fixtures for the new season are due to be announced this Thursday (August 20) at 9am.