Most of the nation’s attention has been on the World Cup the last few weeks, but Premier League clubs are now preparing to get their pre-season action underway.
This weekend, Liverpool will take on Chester at the Swansway Chester Stadium in their first friendly ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Manager Jurgen Klopp welcomed back the majority of his squad earlier this week, but there were notable first-team absentees.
Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet all remain in Russia with their respective countries for the World Cup.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk are also yet to return to the squad, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been given extended time off following their World Cup elimination.
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The likes of James Milner and Adam Lallana are expected to get game time on Saturday, while new signings Naby Keita and Fabinho could make their non-competitive debuts for the Reds.
The Liverpool Echo put together a suggested XI for the encounter against Chester, and it featured the Reds’ two new signings, as well as Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson.
Some fans discussed the possible lineup on Reddit, with some admitting that they will be watching Liverpool instead of England’s 3pm kickoff against Sweden in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.