July 13, 2017 09:39 GMT by goal.com

Liverpool pre-season fixtures: The Reds' complete summer tour & schedule

Liverpool pre-season fixtures: The Reds' complete summer tour & schedule

Jurgen Klopp's side will head to Asia in July before a stint in their manager's native Germany as they prepare for the 2017-18 campaign

Liverpool will travel to Hong Kong and Germany this summer as they prepare for a renewed assault on the Premier League, as well as returning to Europe's premier club competition.

The Reds secured Champions League qualification in 2016-17 but will hope to put themselves in the title race in the coming campaign having shown glimpses of brilliance under Jurgen Klopp.

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They will be tested by some top opposition as they build up their fitness and welcome new signings ahead of the return of the English top flight as well as vital European qualifiers.

This is your complete guide to the fixtures awaiting Liverpool during pre-season.


LIVERPOOL PRE-SEASON FIXTURES


Date Opponent Time (local / BST) Venue
Jul 12 Tranmere Rovers 19:45 Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Jul 14 Wigan Athletic 19:30 DW Stadium, Wigan
Jul 19 Crystal Palace 20:30 / 13:30 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Jul 22 West Brom or Leicester City TBC Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Jul 29 Hertha BSC 18:00 / 17:00 Olympiastadion, Berlin
Aug 1 Bayern Munich 20:30 / 19:30 Allianz Arena, Munich
Aug 2 Atletico Madrid or Napoli TBC Allianz Arena, Munich
Aug 5 Athletic Club 17:15 Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Liverpool are playing in two tournaments - the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong and the Audi Cup in Munich.

The Asia Trophy will include Crystal Palace, West Brom and Leicester City, with the Reds taking on Palace before featuring in either the final or the third-place play-off depending on the result of their first match. All matches will be played at the 40,000-capacity Hong Kong Stadium.

After a special game against Hertha at Berlin's Olympiastadion to mark both clubs' 125th anniversaries, Liverpool head to Munich for the Audi Cup for a two-day doubleheader.

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As is the case with the Asia Trophy, Liverpool's result against Bayern Munich will determine whether they face Atletico Madrid or Napoli the next day in either the final or third-place play-off.

Liverpool plan to set up a training camp in Germany around those three games and therefore can be expected to head to Klopp's home country immediately after their Asia Trophy matches.

A visit to Dublin's Aviva Stadium to face Athletic Club rounds out their schedule ahead of the new campaign.

The Reds' pre-season camp began on July 5, and they kicked off with a 4-0 win over local club Tranmere Rovers on July 12, with Jurgen Klopp rotating the team at half-time ahead of their friendly against Wigan Atheltic on two days later.


WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?


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Liverpool are not in the Community Shield and do not have any early European commitments, so their first competitive match of the season will fall on Saturday, August 8, when they visit Watford in the Premier League.

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The Reds' opening clash will kick off at 12.30pm for television purposes but they have kept the Saturday date as they will play the first leg of their Champions League play-off the following Tuesday or Wednesday. The return leg is a week later, meaning Klopp will have to plan for five matches over a span of two weeks to start the season.

Barring a potential run-out for some of their youth or depth players during the week, the date with Athletic seven days before their league kick-off will almost certainly be their final outing before the new campaign.

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