And just like that, the tour part of Liverpool's preseason is over, with today's friendly signaling an end to their travels. There's still one (or two, depending on how the Swindon Town friendly is being viewed) more to go after today's proceedings come to an end, but what seemed part of a distant future will now be in the past after Liverpool face a Malaysian XI on Friday evening.
It's been another successful tour at every stop, with supporters afforded the chance to see the squad up close and those involved on the Liverpool side of things gaining valuable steps toward fitness. The performances and results are always tough to read, but it's hard not to feel positive about a good portion of the individual and collective performances. Today should provide further separation in that regard, with Brendan Rodgers expected to select what could be close to a first-choice eleven for at least the first half.
Given the squad that started to face local club Felda United--Ryan Fulton in goal, Andre Wisdom, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, and Joe Maguire across the back, Pedro Chirivella, Jordan Rossiter, and Joao Texeira in the midfield, and Sheyi Ojo, Lazar Markovic, and Danny Ings up top--in a 60-minute friendly on Thursday, Rodgers' eleven appears to be fairly straightforward.
That's given way to some consternation given Sakho's inclusion and the likely start for Dejan Lovren alongside Martin Skrtel today, but otherwise it will be as expected. There is a case to be made for Ings ahead of Divock Origi in the first-choice eleven at this point, and hat-trick on Thursday lends credence to that argument. Nothing is set in stone at this point, though, and from the defense forward it's likely that the starting eleven on the season's opening day will look far different than it does today, especially with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, and Christian Benteke set to join the squad when they return to Merseyside on Saturday.
Kickoff: 1:45PM BST/8:45AM EST from Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Television: LFCTV (UK); Orange TV (Indonesia)
Online: LFCTV GO (worldwide for subscribers)
Full Listings: LiveSoccerTV
Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno
Henderson, Lucas, Milner
Bench: Mignolet, Fulton, Toure, Sakho, Lambert, Gomez, Allen, Ings, Kent, Rossiter, Wisdom, Markovic, Teixeira, Ojo, Wilson, Maguire, Cleary, Chirivella
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