Liverpool kick off their first pre-season games tomorrow at their Austrian training case. The Reds will first face FC Wacker Innsbruck, before then squaring off against German side VfB Stuttgart.
Both games will be 30 minutes each, and will be an opportunity for the players currently in pre-season training to get some minutes in their legs.
Here are five things to look out for ahead of tomorrow’s gamesTrent Alexander Arnold is eager to get going again after the pain of missing out on England’s run to the final of Euro 2020.
The right-back missed the tournament due to picking up an injury in one of England’s pre-tournament friendlies, and as a consequence had to watch on as Gareth Southgate’s side narrowly missed out on European Championship glory.
“[I’m] fully pain-free. I’ve been doing a lot of rehab when we were off over the summer with the physios and the medical staff, which was good for me,” Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool’s official website.
“I feel fit, I feel healthy and I’m back in full training now, so it’s good. It’s good for me.
“I’ve done quite a few sessions with the lads now, I feel fit enough to play. But the decision comes from the manager, the staff and obviously the medical staff, they need to talk and see if it’s worth the risk.”
Jürgen Klopp has since confirmed that Alexander-Arnold should be in line to feature.Another player who could see minutes in the games is Joël Matip.
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Matip has been out of action since picking up a serious ankle injury at the turn of the year, which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
With increased competition in defence with the signing of Ibrahima Konaté, The Cameroonian will be eager to make an impression on Klopp, and hit the ground running in these two games.
“I’m feeling good. It’s nice to be back in training with the lads and to just be playing, playing [with] the ball and being active,” Matip told the club’s website