Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool Preview: Reds kick-off lengthy pre-season schedule with short trip to Prenton Park

The Reds are back in action, starting with a short trip across Merseyside.

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool Preview: Reds kick-off lengthy pre-season schedule with short trip to Prenton Park
Klopp will lead his Liverpool squad into their first pre-season fixture (photo: Getty Images)

Liverpool will make the short trip to Prenton Park to face Tranmere Rovers on Friday, as the Reds get their long pre-season schedule underway ahead of the 2016/17 season.

With kick-off set for 7PM, those who make the journey will have the chance to see some new signings in action for the first time, alongside some youngsters hoping to impress Jürgen Klopp whilst some of their senior colleagues remain on holiday.

The first of nine matches...

With Klopp determined to get his squad as fit as possible for the upcoming season, and pass judgement on any youth players that he might want to consider for senior selection in the months ahead, Liverpool will play nine pre-season matches, more than any other Premier League club.

Starting at Tranmere on the UK leg of their tour, they'll move on to Wigan Athletic, Fleetwood Town and Huddersfield Town in the coming weeks, all fixtures away from home whilst the capacity expansion at Anfield is completed.

Following those four games, they'll fly to the Unites States to meet AC Milan and Chelsea in the International Champions Cup, plus AS Roma in an unrelated match. 

After that, the pre-season schedule wraps up in Europe, with the Reds playing Barcelona at Wembley before jetting to Germany to face one of Klopp's old clubs, Mainz.

Who's going to feature on Friday?

There are a number of Liverpool's senior pro's still away on holiday after partaking in either the European Championship or Copa America this summer, whilst Emre Can is still involved in the tournament right now due to Germany's progression.

These players include the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen, the English contingent featuring Jordan Henderson, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge, plus Belgian's Divock Origi, Christian Benteke and Simon Mignolet.

However, there are a number of first team regulars that haven't been away with their countries this summer, including Roberto Firmino, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno.

Roberto Firmino, sporting a new hairstyle, is likely to get some minutes against Tranmere (photo; Getty Images)
Roberto Firmino, sporting a new hairstyle, is likely to get some minutes against Tranmere (photo; Getty Images)

Danny Ings is likely to feature as he continues his recovery from an ACL injury picked up last season, however the match is to come too soon for Joe Gomez.

More interestingly, all four of Liverpool's signing's so far this summer are in line to play a part, with Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic all in line to get a run out.

What about the opposition?

Backed by their home crowd, although you'd expect many Reds to make the short trip, Tranmere will look to cause an upset, possibly fancying their chances as Klopp has previously stated that he only sees friendlies as 'glorified training sessions'.

After a proud and lengthy history in the football league, Tranmere finally dropped out of the top 92 in 2015, relegated from League Two, meaning they played their football in the conference last season.

Unfortunately for Rovers, they failed to seal an instant return, finishing sixth in the league with 78 points from 46 games, an agonising two points away from a play-off spot.