Liverpool take on FC Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in their first two friendlies of pre-season on Tuesday, giving Jurgen Klopp the opportunity to test his 32-man squad.
The Reds will play two 30-minute games behind closed doors in Austria, with Klopp expecting a high-intensity start from his players as they gear up for the campaign ahead.
With two clashes in quick succession, the manager can be expected to field the majority of his players, with there even the possibility of rolling substitutes given the nature of the games.
Few conclusions can be drawn from Klopp’s early setups in Austria, but it will be interesting to see how the Reds line up against each of Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart and who catches the eye.
Here are two possible XIs for Liverpool ahead of two quickfire friendlies.
The Liverpool squad
Defenders: Konate, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Tsimikas, B.Davies, R.Williams, Phillips, Koumetio, Beck, Bradley
Midfielders: Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Woodburn, Cain, Clarkson, Morton
Forwards: Salah, Mane, Minamino, Origi, Elliott, Gordon, Musialowski
* Van Dijk, Gomez, N.Williams, Grujic, Awoniyi and Wilson unavailable
XI vs. Wacker Innsbruck
As a club in the Austrian second tier, Wacker Innsbruck can be considered the ‘lesser’ of Liverpool’s first two opponents in pre-season.
With this in mind, Klopp could field a more experimental side comprised of young players and fringe figures either looking to fight their way into the manager’s plans or build their fitness ahead of summer moves.
Adrian; Bradley, Phillips, R.Williams, B.Davies; Milner, Cain, Woodburn; Elliott, Origi, Minamino
XI vs. Stuttgart
If Klopp is to field his stronger side against Stuttgart, that could see an exciting lineup take to the field including a debuting Ibrahima Konate.
Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas; Clarkson, Keita, Jones; Salah, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain