Jürgen Klopp's pre-season preparations have gone quite well in terms of recruitment, performances, results, welcome surprises from youngsters, and generally getting the squad together. After kicking off this year's US pre-season tour with a defeat to Chelsea, Liverpool recovered well to dismiss AC Milan. AS Roma -- Liverpool's 1984 European Cup final opponents -- under Luciano Spalleti in his second spell at the club will be the final test before returning to Europe to complete preparations this coming weekend.
The International Champions Cup has provided good opposition to prepare for Klopp's first full season as Liverpool manager after a series of games against lower league English sides. Although this isn't part of that somewhat glorious group of friendlies, the Italian side should give Liverpool a stern test. Roma finished third in Serie A last season behind Napoli and Juventus, a fine feat after Roma's poor form earlier in the season that led to the sacking of Rudi García. Luciano Spalleti seems restored as does the evergreen Francesco Totti.
Liverpool will be without a number of players for a regular pre-season opponent but could field another strong line-up. Klopp will naturally shuffle his pack and could look to give Alex Manninger some time in goal as he will be a number two for the next couple of months. Players who have not yet featured -- Emre Can and Christian Benteke -- will need minutes to get up to speed. Benteke might just need to be a little less blunt for the club he'll probably move to this month.
Loris Karius (broken hand), Mamadou Sakho (achilles and was sent home anyway), Ovie Ejaria (groin), Lucas Leiva (hamstring), Joe Gomez (achilles), Mario Balotelli (banished to the reserves), and Joël Matip (we can't have nice things) are all unavailable. Marko Grujić, however, should return from a concussion to continue his impressive start in Liverpool colours.
Roma haven't played a friendly for just over two weeks so could enter this game not as match fit as Spalleti would like but have Champions League qualifiers to prepare for. Both teams have the necessary incentive and motivation to give their best for the crowd at the Busch Stadium.
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Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner
Mane, Firmino, Ojo
Bench: Mignolet, George, Moreno, Randall, Alexander-Arnold, Wisdom, Stewart, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Brannagan, Ings, Markovic, Benteke
Florenzi, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Emerson
Nainggolan, Paredes, Strootman
Salah, Dzeko, El Shaarawy
Bench: Lobont, Romagnoli, Crisanto, Moustapha, Mario Rui, Gyomber, Torosidis, De Santis, Marchizza, De Rossi, Vainqueur, Gerson, Di Livio, D'Urso, Iturbe, Perotti, Totti, Ricci, Soleri
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