UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool is currently in USA tour as a part of their preseason campaign. They will face Portuguese Primeira Liga club Sporting Lisbon in a friendly match on the 24th July. The game will be hosted by Yankee Stadium and will take place at 8 pm local time. But it will be a midnight game for the Europeans. The All Reds have already participated in 3 friendly fixtures but after managing to get two comfortable victories the six times UCL champions were beaten by German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in their latest friendly match. It will be Sporting’s first and the only match in this US tour.
- Participating Teams: Sporting Lisbon vs Liverpool
- Date: 24th July (Local); (Day past midnight at Europe)
- Time: 8 pm local, 1 am BST
- Day: Wednesday (Thursday midnight at Europe)
- Venue: Yankee Stadium
- Location: The Bronx, New York
- Capacity: 28,743 (expandable to 45,000)
- Surface: Kentucky Bluegrass
Liverpool Squad :
- Goal Keepers: Alisson Ramses Becker, Simon Mignolet, Caoimhin Kelleher, Kamil Grabara.
- Defenders: Fabinho, Virgil Van Djik, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Sepp Van Der Berg.
- Midfielders: James Milner, Naby Keita, Xherdan Xhakiri, Curtis Jones, Ben Woodburn, Oluwaseyi Ojo, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Adam Lallana.
- Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Rhian Brewster, Divock Origi.
Sporting Lisbon Squad:
- Goalkeepers: Renan Ribeiro, Luis Maximilano.
- Defenders: Luis Neto, Eduardo Henrique, Tiago Ilori, Sebastian Coates, Bruno Fernandes, Raphinha, Jeremy Mathieu, Bruno Gaspar, Thierry Correia.
- Midfielders: Ivanildo Fernandes, Matheus Pereira, Jefferson, Rafael Camacho, Marcos Acuna, Stefan Ristovski, Rodrigo Battaglia, Valentin Rosier, Abdoulay Diaby, Cristian Borja, Wendel, Gonzalo Plata, Miguel Luis, Idrissa Doumbia.
- Forwards: Diogo Ribeiro, Gelson, Luciano Vietto, Bas Dost, Luiz Phellype, Jovane Cabral.
Liverpool Last 5 Matches:
- 2-3 Defeat vs Borussia Dortmund
- 3-1 Win vs Bradford
- 6-0 Win vs Tranmare
- 2-0 Win vs Tottenham
- 2-0 Win vs Wolves
Sporting Lisbon Last 5 Matches:
- 1-2 Defeat vs FC Porto
- 1-1 Draw vs Tondela
- 8-1 Win vs Belenenses
- 2-0 Win vs Vitoria SC
- 1-0 Win vs Nacional
Predicted Result: Liverpool 3 – 2 Sporting Lisbon
Match Preview: Jurgenn Klopp has been shuffling his options throughout the tour and is expected to continue doing the same. African stars are yet to join the team after their Africa Cup of Nations campaign and the likes of Sadio Mane certainly won’t feature. Liverpool will play their other options in this match. But Klopp is not the kind of manager who wants to lose the game, although it’s just a friendly. They will try to bounce back after that defeat against Dortmund and will take tough of their Portuguese counterparts.
Sporting CP is good and balanced team, they generally have a good history in the Portuguese top flight. Last season they finished third and surely looking for better results this season. Recently they have drawn against Belgian side Club Brugge in a friendly match before losing the tie in a tiebreaker.
I’m expecting a lot of goals in this match. A 3-2 victory for the All Reds is what I’m picking. Dutch striker Bas Dost has the highest possibility to put his name on the score sheet.