Liverpool to play friendly after first Premier League game

Soccer Football – Pre-Season Friendly – Liverpool Training – Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand – July 11, 2022 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp during training REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

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July 29 (Reuters) – Liverpool will play a friendly a day after their Premier League opener at Fulham next weekend, manager Juergen Klopp said, adding his players needed more practice to face a busy schedule in the 2022-23 season.

Liverpool, who played against Manchester United, Crystal Palace, RB Leipzig and Salzburg during pre-season, will face Manchester City in the Community Shield at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Saturday.

They will host Ligue 1 side Strasbourg in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday and start their league campaign at Fulham on August 6.

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Klopp said Liverpool will play another friendly the next day against as-yet-unknown opponents to bring the players up to speed on the new season, which starts earlier than usual due to the World Cup in Qatar in November and December.

“The situation is that (Saturday) is a very important game but we still have to prepare (for) a season, so we can’t ignore it,” Klopp told reporters on Thursday.

“We played last night against Salzburg, we lost 1-0. We trained the day before twice, so quite intense… I can’t ignore the fact that after this important game (Community Shield) he there is a season coming up, so we have to extend our pre-season into the season.

“From the middle of August I think we play every three days so there is no more time to train. So we are trying to do the right things and the schedule is always a challenge. is like that.”

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and striker Diogo Jota will miss Saturday’s game against City as they continue to recover from injuries.

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Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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