Just like that, it's mid-July. Liverpool will start the Premier League season at home against Southampton just over a month from now, and between today and August 17th they'll feature in seven different preseason friendlies, including their second tour of the United States in the past three years and a finale against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on August 10th.
Between the World Cup and the opening of the transfer window the summer's flown by; Liverpool have been active in both regards, with a number of squad members featuring heavily in Brazil and four new signings unveiled at Melwood in the last few weeks. There will be more to come in terms of transfer activity, but for now the club have set themselves up well ahead of the new season despite the loss of Luis Suarez.
Today will be a nice run-out against a Brondby side who are also in the midst of preseason preparations. The Liverpool Echo did a rundown of what can be expected, including snippets about recent additions--including former Norwich City and Bolton striker Johan Elmander--and key players.
For Liverpool, it should be the usual preseason mix of regulars and youngsters, and most would have been hoping to get their first glimpse of Emre Can in a Liverpool shirt. Unfortunately he wasn't included in the matchday squad, meaning that none of the new signings will feature. Lazar Markovic was just announced yesterday and each of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert were in the England squad for the World Cup. Lambert cut his holiday short to join training, but it seems that even Saturday against Preston will come too early.
The squad in full, from the offal:
Jones, Agger, Coutinho, Lucas, Allen, Ilori, Borini, Suso, Ibe, Kelly, Coady, Skrtel, Flanagan, Adorjan, Smith, Phillips, Rossiter, Wisdom, Jones, Ward, Teixeira, Peterson, Stewart
You'll notice that Iago Aspas is left out after his loan move to Sevilla was completed, and Jose Enrique, Jack Robinson, Cameron Brannagan, and Jack Dunn also miss out; the latter duo were included in the friendly against Shamrock Rovers back in May, linking up for Dunn's first-ever goal for the senior squad. Back involved are Suso, Andre Wisdom, Jack Robinson, Kristzian Adorjan, and Tiago Ilori after their loan spells. Jordan Rossiter makes the squad after missing out on the friendly back in May, while new signing Kevin Stewart--who recently joined from Spurs--is in the squad as well. Other youngsters include Adam Phillips, Brad Smith, Danny Ward, and Kristoffer Peterson.
Daniel Agger should start and captain the side, and Brendan Rodgers will have Martin Skrtel, Martin Kelly, and Jon Flanagan available in addition to those mentioned above. Philippe Coutinho will obviously have a part to play, and it'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed up front given the the lack of available senior strikers beyond Borini. Lucas, Joe Allen, Joao Teixeira, and Conor Coady will see time in the midfield, with Brad Jones expected to start in goal and Danny Ward possibly getting time.
Kickoff: 5:00PM BST/12:00PM EST
Brondby: Hradecky, Semb, Albrechtsen, Omskov, Kahlenberg, Szymanowski, Makienok, Elmander, Holst, Durmisi, Norgaard
Bench: Falkesgaard, Almeback, Nunez, Thygesen, Phiri, Dumic, Hasani, Da Silva, Crone
Kelly Ilori Agger Smith
Suso Coutinho Teixiera
Bench: Ward, Allen, Ibe, Coady, Skrtel, Flanagan, Adorjan, Phillips, Wisdom, Lloyd Jones, Peterson, Stewart