Liverpool’s pre-season schedule is well underway with the new campaign almost upon us. The 2018-19 season ended on June 1st with Liverpool being crowned European Champions following their 2-0 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur. That was only 6 weeks ago yet it feels like an eternity.
Most die-hard football supporters won’t have cared much for the tennis or the cricket this summer, instead they’ll have been counting down the days until the new football season kicks off. Before that comes around though, supporters have to face a number of pre-season friendlies and / or mini tournaments.
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have already secured a 6-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers and a 3-1 win over Bradford City as part of their summer schedule. The Reds jetted out of the UK this morning bound for the USA for games against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP. Then, after the USA tour, they will conclude their pre-season schedule with games against Napoli and Lyon.
The competitive action gets underway on Sunday 4th August when Liverpool take on Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. It’s the first time that the Reds have taken part in the annual pre-season curtain raiser for the first time since 2006. Although many followers of the game see this as just another pre-season warm-up, the supporters of both clubs will take it seriously and they’ll want to win this game to collect yet another piece of silverware. Those who take their betting seriously can find the latest betting information and odds relating to this fixture and others at Soccer Betting tips.
Manchester City’s pre-season plans includes participation in the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy. They will play West Ham United and either Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanders. Their tour of Asia then continues with friendlies against Kitchee FC and Yokohama F Marinos.
While supporters will be looking forward to that Wembley encounter, the real business kicks off for Liverpool at Norwich City 5 days later on the 9th. The Liverpool manager will want to deploy a strong side against City at Wembley, but he won’t want to see his players worn out or even worse, injured, ahead of that Premier League opener so it’s going to be a balancing act for the Reds’ boss. Manchester City get their Premier League campaign underway 24 hours later at West Ham. Again, boss Pep Guardiola will have one eye on that match when he makes his team selection in the Community Shield.
Liverpool and City will be expected to challenge each other again for the Premier League crown. City will no doubt be favourites, but Liverpool should be breathing down City’s neck throughout the 2019-20 season. The new season is almost here and like you, we can’t wait to see it kick off!