Liverpool face Napoli on Sunday as the start of the Premier League season draws closer and closer.

The Reds drew 2-2 with Sporting Lisbon midweek and their penultimate pre-season fixture will be played in Edinburgh which is a lot closer to home than their previous venue in New York.

Klopp used the friendly against Sporting to give more minutes to those most likely to start the first game of the season against Norwich City at Anfield, with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip starting in the middle of defence.

Joel Matip.

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Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino will only return next week and so will be unable to play but they will surely get minutes when Lyon face the Anfield outfit.

In goals, Simon Mignolet will start despite his shocking error against Sporting when he allowed Bruno Fernandes’ shot from range to spill into the back of the net.


In front of him, the back four that will likely start on the ninth of August will be Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson and they should start at Murrayfield Stadium.

Andy Robertson.

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In midfield, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson should start alongside one another and if Chambo can shake his calf issue he should be starting the new season ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum.

Upfront, Divock Origi must start on the left-wing, Rhian Brewster as the no.9 and Harry Wilson on the right-wing where he can drift inside and have a greater influence.

Starting XI: Mignolet, Trent, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Chamberlain, Origi, Brewster, Wilson.

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