Liverpool will round off their 2023/24 preparations against Bundesliga side Darmstadt at Deepdale, with a side likely to closely resemble the lineup for the opening Premier League game.
The Reds return to English soil after summer trips to Germany and Singapore, with the start of the competitive action just around the corner.
Klopp told us that there were no fresh injury concerns immediately following the friendly defeat to Bayern Munich, with new signing Alexis Mac Allister removed at the interval as a precaution after picking up a slight knock.
It leaves the manager with almost a full quota of options as his side close in on their season opener at Stamford Bridge, with only a couple of ongoing issues to contend with.
Let’s take a look at who will be available and who could miss out for Liverpool vs. Darmstadt.
- Alexis Mac Allister (knee) – should be available
- Conor Bradley (unknown) – unknown
- Thiago (hip) – unsure – now back in training
- Stefan Bajcetic (adductor) – unsure – now back in training
The big news is that Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic, who remained at home during the squad’s trip to Southeast Asia to work on individual fitness programmes, are now back in full training, as revealed by This Is Anfield.
We could, therefore, see their first minutes of pre-season. Klopp will likely be keen to give Thiago some playing time in particular.
Elsewhere, the boss provided a positive update on the fitness of Mac Allister after the meeting with the Bundesliga champions, insisting “he could have played on” after a knee-on-knee collision.
Still, that could make the Argentine a doubt for this one.
Conor Bradley‘s fitness status is unknown after he missed the Singapore trip due to a minor issue.
Liverpool’s available squad vs. Darmstadt
Defenders: Van Dijk, Konate, Gomez, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Tsimikas, Scanlon, Quansah
Midfielders: Jones, Elliott, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Thiago, Bajcetic, Clark, McConnell
Forwards: Salah, Gakpo, Diaz, Jota, Nunez, Doak, Frauendorf, Koumas