Liverpool friendlies: Every pre season fixture this summer listed

Carlo Garganese

Having romped to their first league championship in 30 years during the 2019-20 season, Liverpool endured a much more difficult campaign last time around.

Indeed for much of the 2020-21 term, it appeared as if Liverpool wouldn't even qualify for the Champions League.

However, they just about rescued their season in the closing weeks and now their attention will turn to preparing for the 2021-22 campaign.

Together with some much-needed business in the transfer market, Jurgen Klopp is aware that his pre-season friendly calendar will be crucial to ensuring Liverpool start the new season off well.

Liverpool’s pre season friendlies

20 July v FC Wacker Innsbruck (N) - DREW 1-1 (Origi pen)

20 July v Stuttgart (N) - DREW 1-1 (Mane)

23 July v Mainz (N) - WON 1-0 (Kilian own goal)

29 July v Hertha Berlin (N) - LOSS 4-3 (Man, Minamino, Oxlade-Chamberlain)

Liverpool began pre-season training on July 12, although the players involved at Euro 2020 or the Copa America were scheduled to join up with the squad later in the month.

As is often the case under Klopp, Liverpool booked a trip to Austria for their pre-season.

Their first two matches against FC Wacker Innsbruck and VFB Stuttgart were on the same day on Tuesday July 30 and involved two-30 minute matches behind closed doors against these teams.

Both matches finished 1-1. Divock Origi put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot against Wacker Innsbruck but Ronivaldo equalised for the Austrians.

In the second match against Stuttgart, the German side took the lead through Philipp Forster, only for Sadio Mane to earn a share of the result.

Liverpool’s third friendly was against Klopp’s former club Mainz 05 at the Greisbergers Betten-Arena on Friday 23 July.

The Reds got their first win of the pre-season thanks to an own goal four minutes from time by Luca Kilian.

The tour of Austria was then be completed with a friendly against Hertha Berlin at the Tivoli Stadium, which saw Klopp's side ultimately concede defeat to their Bundesliga rivals.

However, that wasn't before goals from Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. And, perhaps most importantly, it also saw Virgil Van Dijk and joe Gomez pick up 30 minutes of important game time.

Liverpool are expected to announce at least one more friendly before the new season officially starts.

A final friendly in August at Anfield is expected to be announced soon.

Liverpool kick off their Premier League season on Saturday 14 August with a trip to Carrow Road to play Norwich City.

Their first home match of the new campaign comes a week later on Saturday 21 August when Klopp’s men will host Burnley at Anfield.