The final game of the pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia will take place today, with an expected strong Liverpool XI taking on a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.
The fact we fielded a team of reserves during a practice friendly against Felda United on Thursday indicates as much, so with that in mind, here’s who we think Rodgers might go with:
GK) Simon Mignolet
Adam Bogdan’s only had 45 minutes of the tour so far, but you feel Brendan Rodgers’ priority is to make sure his no.1 is fully up to speed before the season opener instead of gelling the new signing.
DR) Nathaniel Clyne
Clyne’s done more than well than so far, and another run-out should ease his transition. Due to the heat, don’t be surprised to see the full-backs come off early, with Andre Wisdom the right-back substitute candidate.
DL) Alberto Moreno
Moreno hasn’t started a pre-season match yet, so the Spaniard might get the nod over summer signing Joe Gomez, who’s already proved he’ll be a capable member of the first-team squad.
DC) Dejan Lovren
Because Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure started the impromptu friendly v Felda United, it’s obvious who’ll play today proper. Lovren will be delighted he’s got the nod over the Frenchman.
DC) Martin Skrtel
The centre-back the others are fighting for a spot alongside, Skrtel’s been completely untroubled during pre-season, but the sterner tests are of course yet to come.