One of the many pre-season tournaments gets underway later today when the Asia Trophy kicks off.
On the opening day, Liverpool take on Crystal Palace in a game that will kick off at 1:30pm UK time. While you should always view with caution when it comes to pre-season, both teams have a lot to show and they are two of the most fascinating teams to keep an eye because of their summer work.
Liverpool get the feeling they aren’t too far away from competing for the league title, and their Champions League qualification will help them fund their progression. They have started their preparations by signing exciting Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who joins for £37 million from Roma.
He will be fascinating to watch and with so many creative players behind him, he should get plenty of opportunities, especially if he can use pre-season to get used to our tempo.
Crystal Palace are entering a new era under Dutchman Frank De Boer.
This will be the first time he has seen his first team play, after overviewing a youth game at the weekend. The success that Palace have this season will probably rely a lot on how quickly De Boer can settle at the club and get the players playing how he wants.
Pre-season will be very important in that, and I expect them to push hard in every game because of it.
The winners of this game will face either West Brom or Leicester in the final, who play straight before this game. Both Liverpool and Crystal Palacewill be interesting to watch during pre-season, and because of that I am really looking forward to this one.
It would be great to see Mohamed Salah show what he can do, and fascinating to see what style Crystal Palace will play under new boss Frank De Boer.