Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he expects new signings Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez to play for Liverpool against Manchester United today.
Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, the boss confirmed that the pair will make their Liverpool debuts against United this afternoon.
“Pretty much all of the rest of the boys (apart from Diogo Jota) will get some minutes,” said Klopp.
“We have brought a big squad here, some young boys and the more senior guys, and we give them all some time. The international boys only started back with us on Monday but, as you can imagine, they have come back in outstanding shape, which is not a surprise, so that means they will get some time tonight.
“We will make plenty of changes too, of course, throughout the game. We will need to. It means Darwin will be in the squad and Fabio will play for us for the first time and I’m sure our supporters will be pleased about that.”
Big guns ready to fire against United
In days gone by, there would be no chance of so many regular starters featuring in the first game of pre-season. But such is the way elite players look after themselves in 2022, they don’t need time to get back up to speed physically.
Match-fitness may take a little knock, but such is the conditioning of the Liverpool players, that shouldn’t take long, either.
It’s a good job too, because there’s silverware on the line for Liverpool in just over two weeks time. It may only be the Community Shield, but The Reds have lost their last two attempts to win it. They’d love to lay down an early marker against Manchester City on 30th July.
If they’re to do that, they need to get game-time in their best players right from the off.
Thankfully, aside from Jota, everyone seems to be fit. That should mean that most of the big-hitters are on show at one stage or another against United today.
As for a first glimpse of new signings, well, that’s what pre-season is all about. Some will make up their minds about players straight away after the first sighting, others will, sensibly, hold off.
For a player like Nunez though, it’s really important to hit the ground running. Mohamed Salah was brilliant in his first pre-season for the club and never looked back.
If Nunez can get a goal against Liverpool’s biggest rivals on his first ever game, it’ll set him off on exactly the right foot. For 19-year-old Carvalho, he can go out and make a name for himself.