We have a look at three Liverpool players fighting for a chance to start the Community Shield next week. The countdown is on after the Reds’ first friendly.
Liverpool beat Stuttgart 3-0 on Saturday to kick-off their pre-season. It begins the countdown to the first silverware of the season – the Community Shield against Arsenal on August 29th.
Injuries and doubts make the lineup quite unpredictable. So here are three players who have one week to earn their Community Shield place.
We don’t know if Jordan Henderson will make the game. He’s still injured and Jurgen Klopp merely thinks there’s a chance that the captain is fit. If that’s where he’s at, then it’s unlikely that Henderson starts the game – but the bench is possible.
And that leaves a place in midfield that’s firmly up for grabs. We’d back Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum to take the spot either side of Fabinho but that’s not in stone.
Jones impressed against Stuttgart and played alongside Keita. If the Scouser can keep performing over the next week – particularly in the next friendly – then Klopp may just give him a shot.
It would be the biggest game of Jones’ career but could be a great way to prepare him for the season.
Williams started against Stuttgart as Trent Alexander-Arnold remained at home for the trip to Austria. Alexander-Arnold has a minor injury, per the Echo, that meant he’s on his own fitness regime away from the team.
He’s not thought to be a doubt for the Community Shield, however. But that doesn’t mean he’ll start. If Williams can catch the eye over the next week, Klopp may decide that he has no need to risk Alexander-Arnold.
It’s what Williams is there for, after all – to allow the first-choice right-back some rest when he needs it. Given Williams’ relative inexperience, he may only be ideal cover by the end of the season.
The Community Shield could give him a chance to prove that he can take the responsibility now, though. He’s got one week to show that he’s up to the task.
A long-shot this one but there’s some merit to it. Brewster may still leave the club on loan but there’s a decision to be made. Liverpool do need more goals from their forwards and Brewster is a free alternative to Divock Origi.
The 20-year-old scored against Stuttgart and if he keeps showing that ability over the next week, it could turn Klopp’s head. What better way to try Brewster out than in the Community Shield, after all? It would be a game with the first-team, under pressure, and before the window shuts.
Liverpool could see if he’s got what it takes before making their decision. He needs to earn that trust, though, and another goal on Tuesday may just do that.
Follow that up by performing against Arsenal and Liverpool may decide he’s what they need for this season.