Jurgen Klopp’s side will head to Asia in July before a stint in their manager’s native Germany as they prepare for the 2017-18 campaign
Liverpool will head to Hong Kong and Germany this summer as they prepare for a renewed assault on the Premier League.
The Reds secured Champions League qualification in 2016-17 but will hope to put themselves in the title race, having shown glimpses of brilliance under Jurgen Klopp.
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They will be tested by some top opposition as they build up their fitness and welcome new signings ahead of the return of the English top flight as well as vital European qualifiers.
This is your complete guide to the fixtures awaiting Liverpool during pre-season.
LIVERPOOL PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
|Date||Opponent||Time (local / BST)||Venue|
|Jul 19||TBC||TBC||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong|
|Jul 22||TBC||TBC||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong|
|Jul 29||Hertha BSC||18:00 / 17:00||Olympiastadion, Berlin|
|Aug 1||TBC||TBC||Allianz Arena, Munich|
|Aug 2||TBC||TBC||Allianz Arena, Munich|
Liverpool’s schedule is more of a work in progress than that of other clubs, with their opponents in both the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong and the Audi Cup in Munich still to be confirmed.
The Premier League tournament will include Crystal Palace, West Brom and Leicester City, but the identity of the two teams the Reds will play against has not been announced. All matches will be played at the 40,000-capacity Hong Kong Stadium.
After a special game against Hertha at Berlin’s Olympiastadion to mark both clubs’ 125th anniversaries, Liverpool head to Munich for the Audi Cup for a two-day doubleheader.
As is the case with the Asia Trophy, participating clubs — Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and provisionally AC Milan, depending on their European commitments — have been revealed, but the fixtures have not yet been set.
Liverpool plan to set up a training camp in Germany around those three games and therefore can be expected to head to Klopp’s home country immediately after their Asia Trophy matches.
With their first friendly not coming until July 19 as things stand, though, and at least 10 days between their final exhibition match and the start of the Premier League season, more fixtures could be arranged — likely in England — to fill out their schedule.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
Liverpool are not in the Community Shield or the UEFA Super Cup, so their first competitive match of the season will be in the Premier League. The English top flight kicks off on Saturday, August 12.
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Though some games will take place on the Sunday and Monday, the Reds can expect a Saturday clash as they will play the first leg of their Champions League play-off the following Tuesday or Wednesday. The return leg is a week later, meaning Klopp will have to plan for five matches over a span of two weeks to start the season.
As mentioned, more friendlies could be arranged either side of Liverpool’s trip abroad to ensure the entirety of their squad gets the minutes they need before the campaign begins.