Liverpool are expected to make very few changes to the squad they fielded against Chester last weekend when they face Tranmere in their second pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening.
The trip to Prenton Park will be followed by a visit to Bury, who also represent League Two opposition, on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp is still waiting for his full complement to return to Melwood but could again field two separate elevens on Tuesday as he looks to build his players’ fitness.
One headline change may be the return of Adam Lallana, who missed the Chester game through illness.
The Englishman will be looking to force his way into the manager’s first-team plans after injuries heavily disrupted his 2017/18 campaign.
Joel Matip, who has nearly completed his recovery from a thigh injury sustained in March, might feature is but is unlikely to be risked. The centre-half could instead be eased back into action at Bury.
Dutch pair Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum, who were granted additional leave after representing their nation in post-season international friendlies, returned to Melwood on Sunday but the clash with Tranmere may come too soon for them.
Indeed, speaking on the club’s YouTube channel, Van Dijk outlined his expectation of a return to action against Bury.
“Obviously it [pre-season] is going to be much harder than what I was used to, but I’m just happy to be back and now we can just get back to work,” he said on Sunday.
“If everything goes well, hopefully next weekend I can maybe get my first minutes of pre-season.”
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane remain absent following their respective group-stage exits at the World Cup, but both should be available for the club’s tour of the US later this month.
Klopp is using pre-season not only to mentor his new additions, Fabinho and Naby Keita, but also to evaluate whether a number of players are worthy of a first-team spot.
Loris Karius will be looking to begin to rebuild his confidence after his Champions League Final errors, while Daniel Sturridge, Harry Wilson, both of whom starred at Chester, and Divock Origi are looking to prove their worth.
Klopp will be dipping into his reserve pool as he waits for a number of big names to return, but two players who seem unlikely to feature at all this summer are Lazar Markovic and Connor Randall, who are headed for the exit door after loan moves last season.