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Liverpool and Celtic Set for Dublin Friendly

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The club add to their preseason fixture list, this time announcing a date with Scottish Premier League champions Celtic in Dublin on August 10.

Ian MacNicol

Liverpool won't have to contend with those pesky Europa League qualifiers in July and August--which, by the way, they apparently could have earned if the Premier League as a whole would have topped the Fair Play table across Europe--leaving their tour of Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand unbothered. They'll stay busy after they get back from the tour, though, with Steven Gerrard's testimonial set for August 3, a trip to Oslo to face Valerenga on August 7, and, we learn today, a match with Celtic in Dublin on August 10.

That date is right around a week before the Premier League season kicks off; Liverpool's opening day fixture with West Brom last season was on August 18, and while the fixture list isn't released until the 19th of June, we can assume things will kick off a week so after the teams meet in Dublin. We won't really need to know anything about Celtic prior to that point, and the only concerns with Liverpool will be similar to the Bayer Leverkusen tie last August--get something resembling a first-team squad some quasi-meaningful minutes before it really matters, and hopefully have a few new faces to introduce further.

Of course, the only reason for making a whole post about this is to revisit one of the most cringeworthiest and embarrasingly awesome goal calls of all time--Max Bretos, John Arne Riise, and Nordic mythology from the last time these two sides met in a friendly back in 2004.

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