These big names will likely feature for Liverpool at Prenton Park


The pre-season friendly between Tranmere and Liverpool has seen some significant names appear in the past, including James Norwood, Andy Cook and Connor Jennings.

Liverpool usually bring some too. Mane, Firmino, Fabinho, Milner and Keita all no strangers to this fixture in recent years. Despite a number of players being unavailable to Klopp, it looks like a strong 22 will make its way over the Mersey for this one.

Concentrating on our visitors then, here’s some of the big names we expect to see in red on Thursday.

Fabinho – The Brazilian featured in this fixture last year and will almost certainly do the same this time around. He was left out of Brazil’s Copa America squad so is free to feature, unlike teammates Firmino and Alisson.

Simon Mignolet – Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet only returned to pre-season training with the Reds on Tuesday, however, he will play at least 45 minutes at Prenton Park. There will be no Karius this year, which is a shame.

James Milner – Milner is no longer part of the England set-up which has left him available to spend the summer with his feet up and return to pre-season on time. He will feature on Thursday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – The same goes for Oxlade-Chamberlain. He will have a full pre-season behind him if Klopp has his way, and after missing much of the last 12-15 months with injury, he will be desperate to make an impression and prove his fitness.

Adam Lallana – Another ex-England man in the mix for Thursday night will be Adam Lallana. He’s often on the fringes of the Liverpool team now, but he will likely get at least 45 minutes at Prenton Park.

Joel Matip – One of Matip’s first Liverpool games was in the friendly at Prenton Park two years ago, and the central defender should be included this year as well.

Joe Gomez – The England defender is fighting back from injury and will probably be given a good 45 minute run-out at Prenton Park as well.

Dejan Lovren – Lovren returned to training on Tuesday this week but looks like he may feature for some part of Thursday night’s match. It’s starting to look like a handy backline!

Rhian Brewster – Huge things are expected of youngster Rhian Brewster who plays out wide or part of a front three. Expect him to play.

Divock Origi – A few months ago Origi was very much a fringe player at Anfield with very little expected from him. A couple of tap-ins against Everton and Barcelona helped his stock rise, and then for good measure he added a goal in the Champions League Final. He’s now something of a cult hero. His career may get another boost this week with a run-out at Prenton Park in the offing.

Nathaniel Clyne – Clyne has been a little bit of a forgotten man at Anfield, but the right-back is fit and training and will play against Rovers as well.

That’s most of the big names, but a lot of youngsters will be involved as well. Harry Wilson, who starred for Derby in the Championship last season, will probably play, as will Ben Woodburn. Highly-rated duo Curtis Jones and Ki-Jana Hoever will feature, while Dutch defender Sepp Van Den Berg who joined last week for something like £20million may make his Reds bow.

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