Liverpool’s 2020/21 pre-season continues as they face Blackpool on Saturday at 3pm.
The Reds are stepping up preparations for the new campaign which will see them looking to defend their Premier League crown, having ended their 30-year wait for the title in July.
Jurgen Klopp’s men kicked off their pre-season with a 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart while in a training camp in Austria, with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Rhian Brewster grabbing the goals. They followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Red Bull Salzburg but had to rely on Brewster’s double to secure the result, having gone two goals down.
Their most recent result wasn’t a mere pre-season friendly, however, as Liverpool took on Arsenal in the Community Shield final, officially opening the 2020/21 English football season. Takumi Minamino scored in the second half to cancel out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener, but Liverpool would go on to lose out on penalties, with Brewster the only player to miss.
But now, with some of the squad away on international duty, Liverpool’s attention will turn to Saturday’s game against Blackpool.
How to live stream Liverpool vs Blackpool:
Liverpool are streaming their pre-season friendly against Blackpool on LFCTV and LFCTV GO for members. Those without an LFCTV account already can take advantage of their 30-day free trial by following the simple steps below.
1. Click on this link.
2. Click ‘Join Now’ on the monthly option and enter your details.
3. Complete your sign up and click ‘subscribe now’.
4. Choose the monthly plan, enter your details and code ‘2021GOFREE’ into the voucher section.
5. Tune in on Saturday to watch the friendly.
Upcoming Liverpool fixtures and where to watch them:
Liverpool open the 2020/21 season with a Premier League home game against Leeds United on Saturday 12 September. US-based readers can use FuboTV’s free trial offer to live steam that game by following this link. Those in the UK with a Sky subscription should visit their website or app.
- Liverpool v Leeds (Saturday, 12/09)
- Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday, 20/09)
- Liverpool v Arsenal (Monday, 28/09)
- Aston Villa v Liverpool (Saturday, 3/10)
- Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, 15/10)
Liverpool player in focus: Georginio Wijnaldum
Although there has been a tight turnaround between the two seasons, transfer rumours have been rife, and recently the future of Georginio Wijnaldum has come into doubt.
Wijnaldum has been an important, perhaps even underappreciated, part of Liverpool’s successful side over the past few seasons, helping them to win the Champions League and Premier League. The Dutch midfielder played all but one of Liverpool’s league games last season, starting 35 in total. But the Reds are now being linked with signing Thiago from Bayern Munich, and Wijnaldum is the midfielder many expect he will be replacing, particularly as he has one year remaining on his contract.
In fact, the Dutchman is currently being linked with a move away from Liverpool, with Barcelona leading the race for his signature according to reports. Such a move would allow Wijnaldum to link up with Ronald Koeman, who managed the midfielder for the Netherlands national team and supposedly wants to use him in a pivotal role.
Liverpool and Wijnaldum have been negotiating a new deal for some time now without ever making any real breakthrough. When asked about the player’s future at the end of August, Klopp told reporters: “That’s an open contract situation, obviously, otherwise we would know.
“That means we don’t talk about it, that’s all. I never did, so why should I change it now? That’s all between us and the player, and all these kinds of things.
“It’s all good in the moment, it’s all fine. Gini looked very good in the pre-season, played obviously a couple of good seasons for us, so that’s all I can say about that.”