Liverpool will round off a pre-season training camp in Germany with a match against Greuther Furth. Jurgen Klopp has been putting his charges through their paces in Baden-Wurttemberg before the new Premier League campaign. It has been a successful trip so far with Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister integrated into the team and a 4-2 win over Karlsruher in the bag. Diogo Jota struck twice in that comeback win and Furth are another local second-tier side on Liverpool’s radar before they fly out on a tour of Asia. The friendly will take place behind closed doors but will be available for fans to tune into. Concluding their pre-season stay in Germany, Liverpool face Greuther Furth in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Monday. Jurgen Klopp’s side recently returned to action with a win against Karlsruher SC, and they continue to warm up for the 2023-24 campaign by meeting a team that finished mid-table in Germany’s second tier last term. Kicking off their pre-season schedule on Wednesday evening, Liverpool shrugged off recent transfer-market turmoil to emerge with a 4-2 victory over 2. Bundesliga side Karlsruher, with a lineup featuring both youth and experience.
Long-serving captain Jordan Henderson was left out, as he closes in on a switch to Saudi Arabia – also a likely destination for his midfield colleague Fabinho – but Dominik Szoboszlai or Alexis Mac Allister both played their first minutes for the Merseyside club, perhaps ushering in a new era. Aiming to improve on a streaky first season at Anfield, Darwin Nunez gave Liverpool a third-minute lead at BBBank Wildpark, before Cody Gakpo produced an equaliser midway through the second half, once the Reds had conceded either side of the break. Diogo Jota then bagged a brace in stoppage time to complete the comeback, securing victory in the first fixture of a packed summertime schedule leading up to Liverpool’s Premier League return on August 13. Between now and their competitive opener away to Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp’s men – who belatedly recovered from a sluggish start to win seven games on the bounce towards the end of last season – will also jet off to Singapore and then return to England early next month.
Set to face Leicester City and Bayern Munich in Southeast Asia, before a final friendly contest versus SV Darmstadt at Deepdale, the Reds are first pitted against opponents who were marooned in the middle of Germany’s second division at the end of the 2022-23 campaign. Having previously endured a terrible time in the top flight, from which they were relegated after finishing rock-bottom with just 18 points, Greuther Furth’s hopes of a quick return last season soon came unstitched, and the Bavarian club ultimately finished 12th in the table. Three times national champions in the early part of the 20th century, Furth have rarely been seen at Germany’s elite level since the advent of the Bundesliga, and they will be targeting just a third promotion to the competition’s top tier over the coming months. As the Kleeblatter prepare for another attempt at achieving that feat, they have already played out three goal-laden friendly games since the start of the month; following a 5-2 win over Ansbach with a thrilling 4-4 draw against Gornik Zabzre, before losing 3-2 to FC Zurich.
Under the guidance of ex-Stuttgart coach Alexander Zorniger – who has also taken charge of Brondby and RB Leipzig during the past decade – they now tackle opponents of a much higher standing, albeit in a low-key behind-closed-doors encounter. In the absence of several teammates, who have either departed or are set to leave Liverpool this summer, Trent Alexander-Arnold featured in his new midfield position against Karlsruher, and the England star should do so again on Monday. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are expected to follow James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita out of the door, while Thiago Alcantara continues to recover from injury. However, Jurgen Klopp’s options have been augmented by the return of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, who have now joined up with the Reds in Germany, fresh from winning the Under-21 European Championship. Alexis Mac Allister could make his first start, while Dominik Szoboszlai – who posted a 96% pass accuracy rate on Wednesday, in an assured debut display – is also likely to play a major part.
Seventeen-year-old Ben Doak made an impressive cameo last week, after replacing fellow teenager Bobby Clark at half time; Calum Scanlon and young striker Lewis Koumas are among those also keen to impress Klopp. Furth, meanwhile, fielded summer signings Dennis Srbeny and Kerim Calhanoglu – a cousin of Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu – in their defeat to Zurich last time out. Srbeny, formerly of Norwich City, should start up front against Liverpool. Since last season, Tobias Raschl has left for 2. Bundesliga rivals Kaiserslautern, while centre-forward Afimico Pululu moved to Poland. Sweden midfielder Branimir Hrgota was Greuther’s leading scorer last season with 11 league goals, followed by former USA international Julian Green (seven).