Liverpool vs. Blackpool
Saturday, September 5, 2020 – 3pm (BST)
The Reds’ preparations for the new campaign culminate this weekend, with the visit of a Blackpool side who, nine years after their last meeting, find themselves in League One.
Building on clashes with Stuttgart, Salzburg and Arsenal, this is the final friendly of pre-season for the champions of England, and it could be a useful runaround.
Still played behind closed doors at Anfield, this tie will give Klopp the chance to work on a number of changes to his side, while coaxing form out of those set to keep their key roles in 2020/21.
So what can we expect as Liverpool gear up for their final pre-season friendly? Here’s all you need to know.
The international break has been relatively kind to the Reds, despite 11 first-team players being absent.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are all on duty, depriving Klopp of his first-choice back four, while Gini Wijnaldum, Kostas Tsimikas, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher are also out.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only player out with an injury.
Manager: Neil Critchley
Key Player: Sullay Kaikai
Ex-Reds: Matty Virtue, Jordan Williams
Last Season: 13th in League One
A decade on from their impressive but ill-fated season in the Premier League, Blackpool are in League One and facing a major overhaul.
Critchley took over in March, vacating his role with Liverpool, but with the season curtailed soon after, he was able to start afresh this summer, and this has brought 10 signings so far.
They include ex-Liverpool midfielder Jordan Williams, who arrived on a free after a spell with Rochdale, but the Tangerines saw Jay Spearing leave among nine to depart on the expiry of their contracts.
Last season’s top scorer, Armand Gnanduillet, also left, along with former Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso.
Blackpool’s season has already begun, and Critchley’s side suffered defeat in the first round of the League Cup on August 29, holding Stoke to a 0-0 draw only to lose 5-4 on penalties.
Pre-Season So Far
Won 3-0 vs. Stuttgart
Drew 2-2 vs. Salzburg
Drew 1-1 vs. Arsenal (lost 5-4 on pens)
Won 4-0 vs. Southport
Won 2-1 vs. Port Vale
Won 2-1 vs. Barrow
Drew 3-3 vs. Everton
Lost 3-1 vs. Blackburn
Did You Know?
Liverpool lost both of their meetings with Blackpool last time they were in the top flight together in 2010/11, with 2-1 defeats at Anfield and Bloomfield Road.
Charlie Adam was the Tangerines’ opening goalscorer in the Anfield clash, with the result leaving the Reds in 18th on October 3.
Roy Hodgson was not long for the job, and January’s trip to Blackpool saw Kenny Dalglish‘s side suffer the same fate as before, only by this point Liverpool were up to 13th, four places behind the Tangerines.
The Reds went on to sign Adam seven months later, with the midfielder arriving in a £6.75 million deal only to head off to Stoke after a year on Merseyside.
TV & Liveblog Info
Liverpool vs. Blackpool will be shown live on LFCTV, with coverage starting at 2.30pm (BST) ahead of the 3pm kickoff.
Henry Jackson is on liveblog duty for This Is Anfield, and will be keeping you up to date on the final friendly of pre-season from 2.30pm.