Toronto vs. Liverpool: 5 Things to Watch for in Reds' Friendly

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJuly 18, 2012

Toronto vs. Liverpool: 5 Things to Watch for in Reds' Friendly

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    Liverpool begins its preseason with a tour in North America and fans will have plenty to look forward to in their first game against Toronto FC.

    Fans can expect to see 4-3-3 formations, goals and a some classy players on both sides of this matchup.

    Here are 5 things to watch for in Liverpool's friendly against Toronto.

Liverpool Playing a Fluid 4-3-3

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    With Brendan Rodgers now in charge, Liverpool is set to employ a 4-3-3 system. Fans will be interested to see which players play where in this system.

    The Reds won't be expected to be great their first time out, but one thing to look for is some fluid passages of play.

    Under Kenny Daglish, the side is used to keeping the ball on the ground more often than not, so they should see some good moments with lengthy possessions.

New Liverpool Man Fabio Borini

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    Reds fans will be interested in seeing how their new attacking player Fabio Borini performs, if he does turn out for the side that is.

    Brendan Rodgers is familiar with Borini as they both spent some time together at Swansea. He brought him in knowing that he would fit into his 4-3-3 system.


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    Toronto FC has the second worst goals against average in the MLS.

    They won't be facing an attack that is on full form, but the attacking quality within the Liverpool side could mean plenty of goals in this game.

    With Liverpool looking to play a possessing brand of football and certain players looking to impress their new boss, fans may be treated to an open game.

    On the other side, Danny Koevermans has nine goals in 20 games for Toronto while Ryan Johnson has seven goals in 27 games. Those two may provide some trouble for Liverpool defensively.

Liverpool Youngsters

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    Liverpool has some great young talent coming through the squad and many of them are with the team on their tour.

    Players like Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling, Danny Wilson, Jack Robinson and Dani Pacheco could all play their part in this game and others.

Great Fan Attendance

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    Toronto usually has about 20,000 fans in attendance at their games and that number reached almost 50,000 in a playoff game at Rogers Center—where Toronto will play Liverpool.

    A good turnout should be expected with a club of Liverpool's history going to Canada. There will be fans cheering for both sides and it should be a good atmosphere.