The preseason is now, at least judging by the faces in the squad, in full swing, with Liverpool less than a month away from the start of the Premier League season. We can still expect the mixture of youth and experience, though Brendan Rodgers has opted for a squad full of mostly familiar names, with youngsters left behind in favor of helping them prepare for their own seasons at the respective youth levels.
Today's opposition will be the best they've faced to this point in the preseason; Roma are expected to again be among the title challengers in Serie A in Rudi Garcia's second season in charge, especially in the wake of Antonio Conte's departure from Juventus.
They've been active to this point in the transfer window, adding Ashley Cole, Seydou Keita, Urby Emanuelson, Salih Ucan, and, most recently, Juan Iturbe--rumored to have been headed to Juventus prior to Conte's resignation--to a squad that's already got plenty of quality in it. It'll be their first time out this preaseason, however, leaving them slightly behind Liverpool in terms of preparation.
As noted, Rodgers should be able to call on a host of regular first-teamers if he wants, but it's likely that those recently back from the World Cup will play a reduced role. Emre Can might miss out again after suffering a calf injury against Preston over the weekend, but he's been in training and will hopefully have a part to play as the US Tour continues.
Most will be looking forward to a chance to see Can's fellow new signings feature; Rickie Lambert already has an appearance under his belt after playing the opening 45 minutes at Deepdale and should see time again tonight, and Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic are in the running as well. Lallana was part of the World Cup contingent that arrived just ahead of the team's flight to Boston, which also included Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson, and Jordan Henderson.
Those names will combine with those we've already seen against Brondby and Preston, including Jordon Ibe and Kristoffer Peterson, who have linked up for two of the team's three goals to this point. Fabio Borini remains with the squad and should face his old club, and we could see Pepe Reina back in a Liverpool shirt for a few minutes as well. The rest--Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Lucas, Joe Allen, Suso, Jose Enrique, Martin Kelly, etc.--will round out Liverpool's squad on the day.
Kickoff: 12:30AM BST/7:30PM EST
Kelly Coates Skrtel Enrique
Allen Lucas Coutinho
Borini Lambert Ibe
Bench: Ward, Agger, Henderson, Can, Suso, Coady, Phillips, Robinson, Peterson
Somma Benatia Castan Cole
Florenzi Keita Nainggolan
Ljajic Totti Iturbe