Football fans are in for a pre season treat this afternoon as Liverpool and Crystal Palace face each other in the Asia Cup from Hong Kong (KO 13:30 GMT)
With four weeks to go until the Premier League once again kicks off, now is a great time to see how both these clubs are progressing.
The Premier League Asia Trophy is attracting plenty of interest, with a number of English sides are competing – including Crystal Palace and Liverpool, who kick-off against each other at 1.30 pm in Hong Kong in the pre-season tournament.
Incidentally, the fixture will be played once more at Anfield in the second game of the Premier League season – exactly one month from tomorrow – but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that the close proximity of the games will not play a part.
“We play Crystal Palace on the second match day – you would not choose this if you had influence on it. Now it happened in the tournament,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“It doesn’t change anything. We need to be focused, we need to try to be as good as possible in this moment, using the circumstances and making the best of it. Probably for both teams it’ll be a pretty intense game.”
New Palace manager Frank de Boer is expecting a tough test against the Reds, and is hoping that his new side can begin putting what they’ve learned on the training ground since his arrival into practice in the friendly tournament.
New signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to make his debut for the Eagles in the game, after joining them on a season-long loan from Chelsea earlier in the Summer.
The midfielder has yet to line out for his new club, but will more than likely feature in this pre-season match on Wednesday.
Connor Wickham, James McArthur, Pape Souare, Lee Chung-Yong and Sullay Kaikai have all remained in London due to injury and will play no part in the game.
For Liverpool, new signings Mohammed Salah and Dominic Solanke may both feature after arriving at the club this Summer.
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson could also continue their comebacks from injury and feature at the Hong Kong stadium.
Sadio Mane, Danny Ings and Harry Wilson will not feature for the Reds as they are injured and have not travelled; nor will Emre Can, who is still on his Summer break following the Confederations Cup victory with the German national team.
Nathanial Clyne is with the squad in Hong Kong but was reported this morning to be struggling with a muscle strain, while Alberto Moreno should make an appearance.
Liverpool are the favourites to win the match in 90 minutes at 8/13, while it may prove to be profitable to take the tasty 4/1 on Crystal Palace, considering the nature of the fixture.
It should prove to be an intriguing tie, with a plethora of new signings likely to make an appearance.
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