PASADENA, CA, Sporting Alert – English Premier League sides Chelsea and Liverpool will engage in a pre-Premier League match-up when the two meet in an International Champions Cup friendly game in Pasadena, CA, on Wednesday.
The battle between the English Premier League outfits is one of three International Champions Cup matches on the schedule for Wednesday night.
ESPN and ESPN2 will carry live TV broadcasting, with WatchESPN streaming each game live online and livescore available at www.livescore.com.
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool enter their fifth 2016 pre-season fixture on a great run, having won all four warm-up outings this summer without conceding a single goal.
The Reds, who beat Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town already, have scored 10 goals in pre-season.
For Chelsea, this will be just the club’s second game in pre-season, with its warm-up record this summer spliting at 1-1.
Manager Antonio Conte, who took over the London side this summer, is looking forward to facing off with one of the teams that will be battling for the EPL title this coming season.
“Liverpool is one of the best teams in the league and I’m sure Liverpool can fight to win the title,” the former Juventus and Italy boss told reporters, noting that he’s not focusing too much on the result.
“It is a good game for us, but winning is not the most important thing. We try to work on different aspects, and we’ve worked a lot.
“But we want to play a good game and I want to see improvement from my players.
“A game against a good opponent is a good game and I’m very curious to see my team against Liverpool.
“Liverpool is one of seven or eight teams that can fight at the end to win the title. I’m sure of this.”
Conte added: “Jurgen Klopp worked already for six months with this team and it’s very important for him and Liverpool to understand each other.
‘Liverpool is a great team and can fight at the end to win the title with the other teams.
“It’s important to work and have the time to transfer your methods and ideas of football.”
Chelsea went down 2-0 against Rapid Vienna in the opening pre-season game before bouncing back with a 3-0 victory over RZ Pellets in the next game.