Liverpool will look to put their Premier League disappointment to bed when they face League of Ireland Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers in a postseason friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday.
Coming just three days after the Reds finished the Premier League season in second place, two points behind Manchester City, the squad will likely include a mixture of first-team and reserve players.
Brendan Rodgers' players looked visibly deflated after their final-day victory over Newcastle, as they had let their first English title since 1990 slip from their grasp after poor results against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
But they will have to gear themselves up to take on the second-place Premier Division side who they last faced 32 years ago in a friendly that ended 1-1, per the Liverpool Echo.
Here's where to catch the action.
Date: Wednesday, May 14
Time: 5:15 p.m. BST, 12:15 p.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK)
Live Stream: BT Sport app (UK)
World Cup Absentees
Liverpool's squad will have a very different feel about it on Wednesday, as it will not include any of the players who are bound for Brazil this summer to compete for their countries in the World Cup, per Sunni Upal in the Daily Mail.
That means that of the starting XI who overcame Newcastle 2-1 on Sunday, only Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen will likely appear in Dublin.
Furthermore, five Liverpool starters were named in Roy Hodgson's England squad, while Jon Flanagan was named as a standby, per the club's Twitter feed:
While they will have a weakened squad, the friendly should give Rodgers the chance to test some younger players against Rovers, marking the beginning of his planning process for next season.
When this friendly was announced, there was hope that it may represent a celebratory game after Liverpool had claimed the Premier League title.
However, despite their eventual second place, there is much to be lauded after a terrific season which saw them five places better off than last term.
The Reds should receive a splendid welcome in Ireland where they have great support, as pointed out by Liverpool's chief commercial officer Billy Hogan, per David Kent in the Daily Mail:
We are looking forward to coming back to Dublin again this year to play in front of our Irish fans.
The club enjoys incredible support in Ireland and we thank the Football Association Ireland for their support in staging the game.
Our opponent, Shamrock Rovers, hold a special place for us as we bought Jim Beglin from them in 1983 who became Bob Paisley’s last-ever signing.
Rovers No Pushover
Shamrock Rovers are the Republic of Ireland's most decorated club and will provide a stern test for Liverpool in Dublin.
They come into the game in winning form, having beaten Derry City 1-0 last time out and moving into second, after a third win of the domestic season, having not lost in five games, per BBC Sport.
While there will be a friendly atmosphere for this game, there shall no doubt be a great deal of competitiveness on the field.
Liverpool legend Ian Rush was the Reds' scorer the last time these two sides met, and he wants to see a better result this time around, per Kent's piece:
"I played in the game against Shamrock Rovers over three decades ago and I remember scoring that goal," said Rush.
"It’ll be great to play them again and this time take away a win rather than a draw."
Liverpool have announced that they will play the game wearing their new away kit:
This friendly represents a good opportunity for some closure after the Premier League season, as well as a chance for Rodgers to try out some untested players.
He will no doubt be hoping to give some youngsters a decent run out and potentially the opportunity to bag a goal or two in a convincing win in Ireland.
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