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5 things to expect from Liverpool’s 2022 pre-season – Liverpool FC

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The break between last season and next was necessary, but with Jurgen Klopp’s side on the cusp of their comeback, there is plenty to look forward to during pre-season.

Five weeks after Liverpool’s season came to an end in Paris, they will reconvene in Kirkby to begin their preparations for 2022/23.

It’s going to be a busy schedule for the Reds with just 33 days between the start of pre-season on July 4 and their first Premier League match at Fulham on August 6.

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In that time, they will travel to Thailand, Singapore, Austria, Germany and then return to England for two more games, which is another busy summer ahead of them.

With six confirmed friendlies, three new signings and a fresh start to go for the trophy once again, we have no shortage of things to be excited about.

First sighting of the new trio.

Liverpool love to get their business done early when they can, and we love it.

Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay have all joined the fold as the Reds acted proactively to pursue their goals, leaving fans only excited about what they will offer.

They each arrive with different expectations, but with all being on the younger end of the age spectrum, Klopp shouldn’t expect the world from them right away.

What will be interesting to see is where Carvalho starts initially, will it be as part of the forward contingent, so how will he relate to those around him and will we see a link with former Fulham team-mate Harvey Elliott?

Then there is Ramsay, he has compared himself to Trent Alexander-Arnold on the offensive side of his game and it is intriguing to see what he can offer and how soon we could potentially see him in competitive play.

And Nunez, soon to be the club’s record transfer, is more of a traditional striker who we haven’t used often, but looking to offer a new dynamic and the capacity for system change…

A lineup change?

PARIS, FRANCE - Friday, May 27, 2022: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at the Stade de France ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking of system changes, we hope to take a look at what Klopp has in store for us this season with adjustments sure to come as a team can never remain stagnant.

Last season it was the “flexible right triangle” the obvious change in coaches and this time we might be heading for a 4-2-3-1 formation.

We’ve seen it before during Klopp’s tenure, but not consistently, but Nunez’s arrival could spark a change as the Reds push for more unpredictability.

This could answer our Carvalho question with the opening of the No. 10 spot, a spot that Roberto Firmino could also fill, as we have seen on occasion.

It is a time for experimentation and with a host of players involved, Klopp will not be short of options to see his new plans come to life.

A young jewel to shine

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 17, 2022: Tyler Morton of Liverpool celebrates scoring the second goal with his teammate during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC U23 and West Ham United FC U23 at the Liverpool Academy.  (Image by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

There is always at least one player from the academy who stands out each summer, seizing the opportunities that come his way and thriving as a result.

Last year, the likes of Tyler Morton, Owen Beck, Conor Bradley and Kaide Gordon worked shoulder to shoulder with the first team and then all made their debuts during the season.

There is always the spirit at Anfield that if you are good enough, you are old enough and pre-season offers us the opportunity to see who could be next in line to give Klopp something to think about.

Could it be prolific U-18 striker Oakley Cannonier, Isaac Mabaya, Mateusz Musialowski, Stefan Bajcetic, or a new youth recruit in Ben Doak?

It won’t be long before we find out!

Steps for Jones and Elliott

The 2021/22 campaign was cut short for both Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

The former saw an eye injury force him to sit out 12 games, while Elliott’s horrific ankle injury sidelined him for nearly five months, offering him a chance to start fresh next season. .

With another midfielder not expected to be added this summer, the pair will be asked to take their development a step further and each have their own points to prove during pre-season.

Competition for places is fierce, but both are more than worthy of a regular spot in Klopp’s XI, but Elliott will be keen to show off his game-changing ability, while Jones will be the continuation of his maturing game.

It’s far from decisive for either of them, but there is a real opportunity in the preseason for both to show that the coach can turn to them early on.

The Reds travel the world again

BANGKOK, THAILAND - Monday, July 13, 2015: New Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok as the team arrive in Thailand for the start of the club's pre-season tour.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As the pandemic has forced Liverpool to stay closer to home in recent years, they finally have the opportunity to travel beyond Europe this summer.

It is to see the club enjoy their first pre-season tour in three years and their first trip to the Far East since 2017, with Thailand and Singapore on the agenda this time.

Man United hopes in the first on July 12 and Crystal Palace in the second on July 15.

It is also an opportunity for many of Liverpool’s players who have come since the start of the pandemic to feel the extent of the support for the club, and it will be something to see.

For fans from abroad, it’s an incredible feeling to have your team get to where you are in the world and while it may only be a short trip, it will be a memorable one for everyone involved.

A return to greater normalcy is always welcome, and this is just the ticket. Up the global reds!

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