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17 July 2016

Latics set for second match in two days as Liverpool visit the DW.

  • Latics set to face Liverpool following Saturday's friendly against Manchester United.
  • Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool arrive for their third pre-season friendly of UK tour.
  • Tickets for the match on sale until midnight on Saturday.

Wigan Athletic v Liverpool
Pre-Season Friendly
Sunday 17 July 2016, kick off 4.00pm
at the DW Stadium


Latics host their second game in consecutive days at the DW Stadium on Sunday 17 July when Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool arrive for their third pre-season friendly of the summer as Gary Caldwell's men.

The Sky Bet League One champions have already featured in two matches so far this summer, with a practice match 0-0 draw against SC Braga in Portugal last weekend, before their first official pre-season friendly, a 0-0 draw away at Chester FC on Wednesday evening.

Klopp's Reds arrive having won twice already this summer, beating Tranmere Rovers 1-0 and Fleetwood Town 5-0.


Caldwell's side is set to be split into two separate teams for the weekend's fixtures against Man Utd and Liverpool, with Nick Powell, Will Grigg, Jordan Flores and Jussi Jaaskelainen all set to join the squad that featured at Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on Wednesday.  It is yet to be known who will feature in each specific match, but Caldwell did confirm the absences of Andy Kellett due to a serious knee injury, and Reece James whose progress is being monitored as he continues to strengthen his ankle injury picked up last season.

West Ham United youngster Kyle Knoyle will also be ruled out for the Liverpool match due to an elbow injury.

Players used in Latics' friendly against Chester FC included: Lee Nicholls, Donervon Daniels, Craig Morgan, Stephen Warnock, Jason Pearce, Jack Hendry, Dan Burn, Andrew Taylor, Ryan Taylor (Trialist), David Perkins, Max Power, Sam Morsy, Emyr Huws, Michael Jacobs, Tim Chow, Ryan Colclough, Yanic Wildschut, Danny Whitehead, Alex Gilbey, Craig Davies, Sanmi Odelusi and Sam Cosgrove.


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be happy with his team's progress so far.

Jurgen Klopp's shaping of Liverpool's squad is well under way this summer as he approaches his first full season in charge at Anfield, with the additions of Loris Karius (Mainz) and Joel Matip (Schalke 04) from the Bundesliga in Germany, while Southampton's Sadio Mane has been recruited to bolster the front line.

Giant striker Marko Grujic has also started his involvement with the first team squad after signing in January 2016, only to spend the rest of the season out on loan at his former club Red Star Belgrade.

It's been a busy few months for players heading out of Anfield, with defenders Jose Enrique and Kolo Toure both released at the end of their contracts, while Joao Teixeira (FC Porto), Jordan Rossiter (Rangers), former Latics loanee Jerome Sinclair (Watford), Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town), Sergi Canos (Norwich City), Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce) and Jordan Ibe (AFC Bournemouth) all left the club on permanent transfers.

Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) and Ryan Fulton (Chesterfield) have also departed on loan deals.

Liverpool got their pre-season campaign under way earlier this month with a 1-0 victory away at Tranmere Rovers thanks to the returning Danny Ings' superb snapshot, before a 5-0 thumping of Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium followed on Wednesday, with Grujic, youngster Ben Woodburn, Lucas and Roberto Firmino (2) on the score sheet.

The Reds will travel to Huddersfield Town after Sunday's match, before international friendlies against Chelsea, AC Milan, Roma, FC Barcelona and Mainz in the build-up to their opening Premier League game of the season away to Arsenal on 14 August.


Daniel Sturridge celebrating in the Europa League final.

Liverpool were strong in the cup competitions last season with final appearances in the League Cup against Manchester City and the UEFA Europa League against Sevilla, but would likely have preferred a higher Premier League finish than eighth, two points behind West Ham United in sixth and three points behind Southampton in fifth.

The Reds lost out 3-1 on penalties against City at Wembley Stadium after a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes and extra time in February, and again in Basel in May against Sevilla as Daniel Sturridge's delightful goal couldn't prove enough to clinch the club's 12th continental honour.


Serbian striker Marko Grujic could feature again after goal at Fleetwood Town.

The following players have so far been used in Liverpool's pre-season campaign: Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Lucas, Cameron Brannagan, Joel Matip, Jon Flanagan, Ryan Kent, Brad Smith, Ovie Ejaria, Adam Bogdan, Alberto Moreno, Tiago Illori, Danny Ings, Kevin Stewart, Andre Wisdom, Lazar Markovic, Herbie Kane, Connor Randall, Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Pedro Chirivella.

A number of first team players are unlikely to be involved due to their international commitments during the summer, including Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Joe Allen, Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.


It wasn't the result Latics were looking for at Anfield on 18 October 2008, but the 3-2 defeat did bring about one of the goals of the season when Egyptian striker Amr Zaki's acrobatic bicycle kick stunned the Liverpool crowd to cement his place as the Premier League's leading goal scorer at the time.

Zaki grabbed a brace in the game, but Latics were ultimately unsuccessful after Antonio Valencia was harshly sent off for collecting two yellow cards, with Dirk Kuyt's double and Albert Riera doing the damage for the Reds.

Eight years on and there are just three faces remaining from both match day squads in some involvement with their respective clubs.  Lucas remains a key part of Liverpool's midfield, while Latics' substitute goalkeeper that day, Mike Pollitt, still serves as the club's goalkeeping coach. Fellow substitute on the day, Ryan Taylor, is currently back on trial at Latics.


A game to forget for Latics on 2 March 2013 as the final Premier League meeting with the Reds ended in a heavy 4-0 defeat at the DW Stadium.

Stewart Downing got Liverpool off to a flying start inside two minutes, before Uruguayan international and current Barcelona favourite Luis Suarez collected the match ball with an unstoppable hat-trick.

Gary Caldwell remains as the last surviving member of Latics' team that day, while Liverpool still have Coutinho, Lucas, Allen, Wisdom and Henderson.

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