PASADENA, CA, Sporting Alert – Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino all start for Liverpool against Premier League rivals Chelsea in the International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl in California on Wednesday night.
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The Reds are undefeated in this summer’s pre-season fixtures so far, after winning their opening four games without conceding, and Jurgen Klopp’s men will be hoping to extend that form against a fellow Premier League title rival.
Klopp said: “It’s not the most important game in the world, but we have to learn and use all we have in terms of knowledge, rhythm, fitness and put it in a game because if you wait for the perfect day [for a match], you’ll wait until you’re old and grey!
“There’s always an issue here, an issue there – it’s never perfect. ”
Mane, Coutinho and Firmino will form the attacking line for Liverpool, as it seeks a win in its opening fixture of the tour of the United States.
Defender Ragnar Klavan, who made a switch from FC Augsburg, makes his first appearance for the Reds and will partner Dejan Lovren in the heart of the defence.
With Jordan Henderson on the bench, the captain for the night is Lovren.
Loris Karius starts in goal again, with Marko Grujic and Alberto Moreno also starting.
Veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger, Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Danny Ings all start on the bench.
For Chelsea, Asmir Begovic starts in goal, with John Terry and Gary Cahill starting in the heart of the backline.
Ola Aina and César Azpilicueta complete the back four, while Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fàbregas, Willian and Bertrand Traore all starting as well.
Chelsea team: Begovic, Terry, Cahill, Aina, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fàbregas, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Moses, Bertrand Traore
Liverpool team: Karius, Randall, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Grujic, Ejaria, Stewart, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino. Subs: Manninger, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Brannagan, Ings, Wisdom, Markovic, Ojo, Alexander-Arnold.