Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs Wigan: Coutinho is back but Grujic is ill

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The team news has been announced for our pre-season friendly against Wigan at the DW Stadium, and the great news is that we’re getting to see Philippe Coutinho for the first time in pre-season.

It’s not quite the team we were expecting, but here it is:

And here are the subs:

We were expecting to see both Alberto Moreno and Marko Grujic, but both are unfortunately injured/ill. Brad Smith was the obvious replacement for Moreno, but he too is suffering with an injuy.

There’s a definite mix of youth and experience in the side, but we should still beat Wigan comfortably. If the previous pre-season games are anything to go by then we’ll see an entirely different team in the second half, with a number of potential first-team players waiting on the bench.

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It will be interesting to see some of the youngsters in action again too, especially as once the rest of the squad returns they are unlikely to see as much game time. We may not see as many goals as against Fleetwood Town, but it should still be a good game.

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