Liverpool to play ‘home’ friendly match against German opponents – but not at Anfield

Prior to the beginning of the new Premier League season next month, Liverpool has announced that they will play SV Darmstadt in their fifth and final preseason friendly.

In their final preseason friendly, Liverpool will host Bundesliga newcomers SV Darmstadt, but the match will not take place at Anfield.

On Monday, August 7, Jurgen Klopp’s team will play the German team six days before their Premier League debut against Chelsea. As the ambitious new Anfield Road Stand expansion is finished, the game will instead be held in Preston’s Deepdale.

The stand is anticipated to be completed in time for Liverpool’s first home match of the season against Bournemouth on August 19, bringing the stadium’s total seating capacity to 61,000. However, the match against Darmstadt turned out to be a little too soon, therefore Liverpool chose to play at Preston’s home field.

The Reds have previously had success at Deepdale, with Klopp’s team most recently triumphing there 2-0 in a Carabao Cup round of 16 match back in October 2021. In fact, despite playing as the home team this time, the Reds are unbeaten in their last four visits to Preston.

They will play host to a Darmstadt team that was promoted from Bundesliga 2 to Germany’s top division. Torsten Lieberknecht’s team earned a return to the Bundesliga by placing second, level on points with champion Heidenheim.

Liverpool, on the other hand, will be trying to improve on their fifth-place result from the previous season and have already taken action by making some good additions during the transfer window. Prior to Dominik Szoboszlai’s £60 million transfer from RB Leipzig, Alexis Mac Allister made the high-profile switch from Brighton.

Klopp remembers facing Szoboszlai when he was a player for Salzburg in the 2019–20 season after confirming his arrival.

“I’m quite sure he was still a youngster at that time, and since then he has made some significant steps,” he said. “He moved to Leipzig, did really, very well in the Bundesliga, played for the Hungary national team, and then became captain of his national team at an incredibly young age.

This is before we even consider his abilities as a football player, therefore they are legitimate advantages. At this point, I won’t talk too much about them other than to say that they are undoubtedly the kind that will hopefully offer us a lot of fun and also assist us in achieving our goals.

But there isn’t any pressure. Dominik is still a pretty inexperienced athlete. He still has a lot of growing to do, so it makes sense for all of us to be patient and give him the room and time he needs so that his skill can shine inside our team.

As they prepare for their first competitive match on August 13, Klopp’s team will also face Karlsruher, Furth, Leicester, and Bayern throughout preseason.

 

 

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