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WELCOME BACK: Liverpool announce friendly matches at Anfield

WELCOME BACK: Liverpool announce friendly matches at Anfield

Liverpool FC have announced two pre-season matches to be played at Anfield in August ahead of the new Premier League season beginning.

It's a doubleheader of games against Spanish teams on back-to-back days that have been confirmed for Jürgen Klopp's side.

On Sunday 8th August, the Reds will host Athletic Bilbao, with Osasuna the opponents just over 24 hours later on Monday evening.

Anfield will be at 75% capacity for the matches, meaning the ground will host its largest crowd since March 2020.

Liverpool will pay tribute to former player Michael Robinson in their match against Osasuna.

Robinson sadly passed away in April 2020 of cancer at his home in Madrid at the age of 61.

He joined the Reds in 1983 from Brighton and Hove Albion, making 30 apperances and scoring six goals.

After leaving Anfield for Queens Park Rangers, Robinson joined Osasuna where he scored 12 goals in 58 apperances.

Both clubs will pay their respects to the ex-Republic of Ireland international, who went on to have a broadcasting career in Spain followin retirement.

It's unusual to play games on consecutive days, but it's not a normal pre-season for Klopp's side, who are due to face both Wacker Innsbruck and VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday.

They'll play two 30 minute mini matches against the sides back to back, with games against Mainz and Hertha Berlin also pencilled in before they return to Anfield.

Ticket details will be released on Tuesday with the sale due to commence on Wednesday.

Currently, Liverpool are in Austria where their preparations for the upcoming campaign are well underway.

Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander Arnold have all returned to the squad at the training camp.

Summer signing Ibrahima Konate is also training with his new teammates as they prepare for the 2021/22 season.

It's widely expected that the centre half will make his first appearance for the Reds in one of the two 30 minute games on Tuesday.

Newly promoted Norwich City are the first team on the list for Liverpool as they travel to East Anglia on the opening day.

The first of this season's Premier League matches at Anfield will come against Burnley the following week.

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