4 things to look out for in Liverpool's pre-season clash with Leicester City

Will Castle
12 months ago

After a successful ten-day training camp in Germany, a tour of Singapore is next up on the agenda as Liverpool continue to be put through their paces ahead of the new season.

Fans have gotten a glimpse of what the Reds have to offer this season, having already been treated to a pair of enthralling friendlies during the club's excursion to the Black Forest.

After defeating Karlsruher SC in a back-and-forth matchup and being held to a dramatic 4-4 draw against Greuther Furth, Jurgen Klopp's side will now be eager to continue their unbeaten start to pre-season with a result against recently relegated Leicester City.

A new era beckons at Liverpool, and with each game that goes by, further indication is given to what we can come to expect from the club, in both the short and long term.

Let's take a look at four things to look out for during Liverpool's clash with the Foxes.

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Will Dominik Szoboszlai make his return?

Fans were given a bit of a fright when new boy Dominik Szoboszlai was ruled out of Liverpool's behind-closed-doors friendly with Greuther Furth through injury, just five days after making his debut for the club.

Luckily, any fears of a serious issue were quickly quelled by Jurgen Klopp, who confirmed the Hungarian's absence was purely a precautionary measure.

Speaking ahead of Monday's outing, Klopp said: "If we would have today a Premier League game, he could play. So, we don't take a risk and we will see what we will do with the Leicester game. But for the Bayern game he will be ready, definitely."

Whether Szoboszlai is deemed fit and ready for the Leicester clash remains to be seen, and while there is no point on risking his fitness for a friendly, supporters sure are eager to see Liverpool's latest recruit back on the pitch.

Will Darwin Nunez keep up his fine scoring form?

One of the brightest sparks to come out of Liverpool's opening two friendlies is Darwin Nuñez, who has found himself on the scoresheet on both occasions.

After netting the first goal of Liverpool's pre-season campaign at Karlsruher, Nunez put in a spellbinding display against Greuther Furth, scoring a nine-minute double before setting up Mohamed Salah late on to draw the Reds level.

Following an imperfect first season on Merseyside off the back of his club-record move from Benfica last summer, supporters will be hoping his early pre-season form is a sign of things to come from their Uruguayan talisman going into a vital campaign.

Given his recent run, Nuñez will have all eyes on him against the Foxes as fans and critics alike look to see if he can continue his strong scoring form.

Which youngsters will rise to the occasion?

© Proshots - Ben Doak

Liverpool's camp in Germany provided an initial insight into the newest developing talent within the club's ranks, with a select few prospects even looking on the verge of a breakout season for the Reds.

Arguably the most notable of Liverpool's future stars is 17-year-old Scottish winger Ben Doak, who has so far dazzled fans with his electrifying pace and ingenuity, demonstrating his potential worth to Jurgen Klopp's senior side.

That being said, there are a plethora of prodigies travelling to Singapore that will be raring to grab the headlines – the likes of Bobby Clark, Calum Scanlon, Jarell Quansah – all players that will be hoping to impress the bosses and earn that elusive call-up to the first team this season.

You can be sure that all the youngsters making the trip to the Far East will be given minutes to prove themselves against worthy opposition – what will be interesting to see is which of those players will step up to the plate, putting their name in contention for game time beyond pre-season.

A debut for the new away kit

While fans may have to wait a little longer to witness the next debut of a new arrival (say, maybe, a certain Romeo Lavia?), Sunday's game in Singapore will see the introduction of Liverpool's new 90s-inspired away strip.

The Reds will be hoping that this kit will bring greater fortune than their previous number, with last season's metallic monstrosity destined to forever live in infamy.

Let's hope we can build better memories of this season's kit, and what better way to do that than by starting with a win on its debut against Leicester - something which might finally allow fans to put any recollection of the previous campaign's tainted jersey in our rear-view mirror.

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