Chelsea Mauricio Pochettino may have provided some insight into his team selection for the season opener, but one of his new signings has already suffered an injury setback.
The Reds have played four friendlies so far this summer and will round off their pre-season at Deepdale on Monday night against Darmstadt.
Klopp was able to report no fresh injury concerns following Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich in Singapore, confirming that a knock to Alexis Mac Allister was nothing serious and that he “could have played on.”
Pochettino hasn’t been quite so fortunate in his team’s preparations, with new arrival Christopher Nkunku set to be examined after picking up a knee problem during Chelsea‘s final 2023/24 warm-up against Borussia Dortmund.
Pochettino’s team selection in the 1-1 draw with the Bundesliga runners-up may have offered some clues into how his side might line up for the opening weekend fixture.
The Argentine was asked why his reserve goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina did not get on the pitch against Borussia Dortmund, to which his response was: “The fifth game for me was to test the team that I want, is a plan in my head to play, to give 90 minutes to some players.
“It is only 10 days, our last game, I wanted to test Kepa for 90 minutes. I understand the question.”
Chelsea starting lineup vs. Borussia Dortmund: Kepa; James, Silva, Colwill, Chilwell; Enzo, Gallagher; Sterling, Nkunku, Chukwuemeka; Jackson.
With Chelsea‘s pre-season already wrapped up, just one more fixture back in England separates the Reds from the start of competitive action next weekend.
Liverpool will be hoping to continue to keep injuries down to a minimum as they look to make a fast start to the new campaign at Stamford Bridge on August 13.