In a battle of overly animated managers, Jürgen Klopp aims to overpower Italian tactician Antonio Conte in California. Their teams will also play football against each other.
The International Champions Cup - containing no champions - will be a welcome disruption from the pre-season drama of the last few days, which has seen fan favourite Mamadou Sakho sent back to England amid uncertainty regarding his future at the club.
Squad drama aside, pre-season has been successful for the Reds, with four matches yielding four wins and a 10-0 goal difference. A Lucas Leiva hamstring injury might seem an alarming foreshadowing of muscle tears to come, but hopefully, the first teamers that have been away on international duty are eased back into training and complete a fruitful pre-season.
Chelsea have played two games under Conte this summer, losing 2-0 to Rapid Vienna before besting Austrian giants Wolfsberger AC 3-0. They will be without new signing and Euros finalist N'Golo Kanté, but will be able to call on £33m man Michu Batshuayi, along with the majority of their senior squad.
Kickoff: 8:35 PM PST/4:35AM BST (Thursday) from the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
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Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Aina
Wilian, Loftus-Cheek, Moses
Randall, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno
Grujic, Stewart, Ejaria
Bench: Manninger, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Brannagan, Ings, Wisdom, Markovic, Ojo, Alexander-Arnold
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