Liverpool started the preseason with a 4-0 victory over Preston North End and hope to build off that result against Indonesia. It's the second stop on a wide-ranging tour the club will complete before getting the new campaign underway.
While the Reds made progress during the latter stages of last season, it was still a disappointing campaign that resulted in no European berths. Brendan Rodgers' group must showcase more consistency early. A strong preseason would help.
They face an Indonesia side who suffered a 7-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend. It shows Liverpool should be able to control the match from start to finish—certainly a good chance for the club to keep building momentum.
Let's check out the important viewing information for the match, followed by a preview and prediction for the friendly clash.
Where: GBK Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia
When: Saturday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. BT)
Watch: beIN Sport
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
Liverpool used a youthful lineup against Preston North End. Iago Aspas, at 25, was the oldest player to score in the match as some of the clubs rising stars, including Philippe Coutinho, took advantage of their chance to shine.
Once again a lot will depend on how Rodgers decides to handle the clash. He doesn't want to push players too hard this early in the preseason, so it's safe to assume a lot of different players will see action. The more veterans who play, the better the Reds' chances of securing a blowout.
Two players who should both get extended runs after strong performances in the opener are Coutinho and Aspas. They each have an opportunity to work their way into key roles this season. Now's their chance to show what they can provide to Liverpool.
The match could also serve as a chance for players like Steven Gerrard and Kolo Toure to continue the process of shaking off the rust.
Ultimately, the result itself won't have much of a long-term impact, but Rodgers will want to start seeing some progress from his squad. Small steps during each of the preseason matches should get the club ready for the start of the campaign.
Defensively, the one player the Liverpool back line must pay close attention to is Boaz Solossa. The 27-year-old forward is Indonesia's most dangerous attacking talent. He should provide a good challenge for the Reds defense.
Expect Liverpool to take firm control of the match within the first 15 minutes, at least in terms of possession. From there they should cruise to their second straight win to open the preseason.
Prediction: Liverpool 4, Indonesia XI 0
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