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Liverpool team news: Predicted Reds XI to face Tranmere in pre-season opener


Liverpool take on Tranmere in their pre-season opener on Thursday night.

Jurgen Klopp will be without a number of his first-teamers as they are expected back later on this month.

Simon Mignolet could be called upon given Liverpool’s shortage of fit and available goalkeepers

Sadio Mane is currently with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Roberto Firmino and Alisson are on holiday following Brazil’s Copa America triumph.

Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum played in the Nations League last month and are still away.

Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are also abroad after their countries, Egypt and Guinea respectively, were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

It leaves Klopp short of options, but gives a chance for the club’s youngsters to impress.

“These boys are our future if they want to be our future. That’s how it is because for that they need to take all the steps,” Klopp said.

Jurgen Klopp will be without star defender Virgil van Dijk

“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play. We need all of them and that’s nice.

“Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel; our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play.

“Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well when we play Borussia Dortmund and all the other guys.

“So, it’s good and it’s always like this; when you are already in the club, then the door is always open for you to the first-team.”

Harry Wilson could be thrown in from the start

Simon Mignolet, who has been linked with a move away from Liverpool after playing second fiddle to Alisson last season, is expected to start in goal but new signing Sepp van den Berg will be absent as he is still waiting on his FIFA clearance to come through.

Nathaniel Clyne, another player who could leave after spending the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, could feature at right-back with Joe Gomez, 17-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever and James Milner possibly making up the rest of the defence.

Fabinho is likely to anchor the midfield with fit-again Adam Lallana and exciting youngster Curtis Jones playing further ahead.

Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out with a calf injury, and with Mane, Firmino and Salah away, it gives Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Rhian Brewster a chance to impress.

Wilson and Kent thrived in loan spells with Derby and Rangers, respectively, last term, while Klopp has confirmed Brewster will be part of his first-team plans for the upcoming campaign.

How Liverpool’s starting XI could look against Tranmere

Is this how Liverpool could start against Tranmere?

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