Its Liverpool v Valerenga as the Luis Suarez transfer rumbles on, with live streaming available on match.
In their final pre-season game before the new season begins, Liverpool travel to the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo to face Norwegian outfit Valerenga.
Daniel Agger’s knee injury sustained in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial against Olympialos means the defender hasn’t traveled to the Norwegian capital. Other players who will miss out through injury are Martin Skrtel – who has been linked with a move to Serie A side Napoli – Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge. Luis Suarez will also miss out through injury, although news of the Uruguayan’s withdrawal has drawn cynicism in some quarters.
The former Ajax player has been involved in one of the summer’s most prominent transfer sagas and speculation on the players future will now only mount on the back of his withdrawal from this squad.
Simon Mignolet should start in goal behind a back four of Martin Kelly at right back, Jose Enrique at left back and a central defensive partnership of Kolo Toure and Andre Wisdom.
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A three-man midfield is expected to line out against the side who finished 8th in last years Tippeligaen – the Norwegian top flight. Steven Gerrard and Lucas look likely to start as Brendan Rodgers gets close to deciding his sides first eleven ahead of the impending new season. The third place in midfield will see either Jordan Henderson or Joe Allen line out.
Raheem Sterling should start alongside Iago Aspas and Philippe Coutinho in a front three with Fabio Borini looking to take his opportunity to impress as a likely second half substitute.
The two sides met as recently as 2011 in a 3-3 draw in Oslo. Liverpool though will be hoping to maintain their pre-season 100% record. As the Norwegians are already well into their season, their fitness could be telling against a side looking to attain full match sharpness.
The absence of Suarez, Rodgers will hope, will only be a short term one. Liverpool’s captain, Gerrard, publicly speculated on Suarez’s future this week , telling the Daily Telegraph: “This club needs to make one or two big signings if we are to compete for the top four – and keep Suarez.
“Alongside Gareth Bale, Luis is the third best player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis and Bale are the two hottest properties out there at the moment.
“When you’re in that position, you’re going to get all kinds of teams wanting to pull you away, especially when you are at a club not in the Champions League.
“It’s nothing to do with the British media . Knowing the guy as I do that’s probably the thing on his mind: wanting to be in the Champions League.”