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Preston vs. Liverpool: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Lucas Leiva of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2014

Liverpool continue their preseason programme as they take the short trip to Deepdale to play Preston North End.

The game will feature the players around the fringes of the reserves with the hub of the first team preparing for the new season abroad.

Here is how you can watch the match:

 

When: Saturday, July 19, at 3 p.m. BST (10 a.m. ET)

Where: Deepdale, Preston, England

TV: LFCTV

Live Stream: LFCTV GO

 

Life Without Luis Suarez

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 12:  An employee hangs a Luis Suarez shirt next to a Leo Messi shirt after printing his name and number on it at the FC Barcelona official store on July 12, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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If you had said to a Liverpool fan just a few short months ago that they would be starting their Premier League campaign in 2014-15 without Luis Suarez, they would have called you crazy.

After only just missing out on the championship, many felt that Suarez would stay with the Reds to lead their charge into Europe and start a brand new era in the Champions League.

But the Uruguayan made headlines for all the wrong reasons at the World Cup in Brazil and in no time at all was on his way to Barcelona in a huge transfer deal.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool applauds the crowd after the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool finish as runners-up in the Pr
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Brendan Rodgers will now have to find a way to keep his team vital and potent, as they have been in the past 12 months, without undoubtedly his most important footballer of recent times.

Last season, Suarez smashed 31 goals in 33 Premier League appearances, per Squawka, on his way to being crowned PFA Player of the Year, and that is a return that Rodgers may not be able to find in the transfer market, even with the additional funds to spend.

But Sachin Nakrani of The Guardian recently criticised the quality of players that Liverpool have brought in, whilst also complimenting Rodgers on the success he has managed to achieve:

To put it in Benitez’s terms, there have been more lampshades than tables arriving at Anfield in the past two years, making the success Rodgers has instigated in that time particularly remarkable.

Indeed, the team that started the final-day victory over Newcastle two months ago, one which sealed second spot for Liverpool and not only restored their place in the Champions League but also hope among supporters of better times to come, contained just three players brought during the Rodgers era.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates the second goal scored by Daniel Sturridge during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laure
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Liverpool now need to add real quality to their first team, as opposed to simply squad strengthening to pad out their numbers. 

They must purchase a world-class attacker to supplement Daniel Sturridge and the efforts of prodigy Raheem Sterling, otherwise the Reds might find next year to be somewhat of a struggle.

The extra games in the Champions League will definitely have an impact on the team's league form, and Rodgers must find the individual who will truly help Sturridge and Sterling relieve the pressure.

If he can do that, Liverpool may even see an improvement in performance. But morale might be an issue as the squad tries to duplicate last season's achievements without their main man.

Suarez is likely to be a raging success at Barca, and Liverpool's loss is very much the Catalans' gain. 

 

Is Raheem Sterling a Flash in the Pan?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The end of last season saw the arrival of a player who had previously promised so much but temporarily faded away. 

Raheem Sterling was critical to Rodgers' side toward the back end of the year as he forced his way into the first team and would not budge.

This was rewarded with a spot in England's squad for the World Cup, with plenty of debate surrounding the player and Wayne Rooney—with a feeling that Sterling should replace the Manchester United man.

In music terms, this season will be Sterling's difficult second album.

All eyes will be on the player, and teams will certainly have a plan for him when they face him—something that probably was not the case last year.

Without Suarez, the young man will now have added responsibility and Rodgers will need him to add the same flair to his side that was abundant last season.

The litmus test for Liverpool has now arrived, and it will be up to the team to prove they were not a one-man army previously. Rodgers has started his spending in earnest this summer, but the purchases of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana are unlikely to provide him with the weaponry of recent times.

We will also see if Sterling can kick on and prove that last year was not a fluke. He looked dangerous for England during his time at the World Cup, and his confidence seems to have reached new heights. If he can carry that forward, he could be Liverpool's main man from here on in. 

 

Match Prediction

The game against Preston will be a good workout for Rodgers' players and should help them gain vital fitness before the start of the new season. These games against lower-league opposition are always tricky, though, as they are further into their preparation than the big clubs.

Preston have the ability to cause a shock here, but the result will not be important to the Reds in the grand scheme of things.

Prediction: Preston 1 Liverpool 2

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