Liverpool play Greuther Furth in a friendly game on Monday to wrap off their preseason trip to Germany.
Having just defeated Karlsruher SC, Jurgen Klopp’s club is getting ready for the 2023–24 season by taking on a side that placed in the middle of the second division of German football last year.
Beginning their preseason program on Wednesday night, Liverpool overcame the recent turbulence in the transfer market to defeat 2. Bundesliga team Karlsruher 4-2 with a roster that included both youth and experience.
Dominik Szoboszlai or Alexis Mac Allister both played their first minutes for the Merseyside club, perhaps ushering in a new era. Long-serving captain Jordan Henderson was left out as he nears a move to Saudi Arabia, which is also a likely destination for his midfield teammate Fabinho.
In an effort to build on a sporadic first season at Anfield, Darwin Nunez gave Liverpool the lead in the third minute at BBBank Wildpark. After the Reds had given up goals either side of halftime, Cody Gakpo scored an equalizer midway through the second half.
The victory in the opening match of a jam-packed summer calendar preceding Liverpool’s return to the Premier League on August 13 was secured by Diogo Jota’s brace in stoppage time.
Jurgen Klopp’s team, who belatedly turned around a slow start to win seven straight games toward the end of last season, will also travel to Singapore before their competitive season opener away at Chelsea. They’ll then fly back to England early next month.
Before playing SV Darmstadt in their final friendly at Deepdale, the Reds are scheduled to play Leicester City and Bayern Munich in Southeast Asia. These opponents were stuck in the middle of Germany’s second division at the conclusion of the 2022–23 season.
Greuther Furth’s dreams of a speedy return last season quickly unraveled after they previously experienced a miserable stint in the top division, from which they were relegated after ending rock-bottom with just 18 points. The Bavarian club ultimately finished 12th in the table.
Furth, who were three times national champions in the early 20th century, haven’t frequently been at Germany’s top level since the Bundesliga’s inception, and they’ll be aiming for just a third promotion to the top division in the near future.
The Kleeblatter have already played three goal-filled friendlies since the beginning of the month, starting with a 5-2 victory over Ansbach, followed by a dramatic 4-4 tie against Gornik Zabzre, before falling short 3-2 to FC Zurich.
They now take on opponents of a considerably greater stature, although in a low-key behind-closed-doors match, under the direction of former Stuttgart coach Alexander Zorniger, who has previously served as the head coach of Brondby and RB Leipzig over the past ten years.