Hello and welcome to Yankee Stadium for tonight’s friendly between Liverpool and Sporting Lisbon. The six-time European champions are here in the Bronx and looking to end their pre-season tour of America on a high note after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium and Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Sevilla at Fenway Park.
We’ve just been informed by the stadium public address announcer that our scheduled 8.05pm kickoff has been delayed until 8.15pm due to traffic in the city, leaving us roughly 50 minutes to kickoff. Still, the team sheets are out so we’ll spare you further throat-clearing and get right to it.
XI: Simon Mignolet, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson (c), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson, Divock Origi, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold
Subs: Andy Longergan, Daniel Atherton, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Rhian Brewster, Ryan Kent, Adam Lewis, Nathaniel Phillips, Curtis Jones, Ki Jana Hoever, Bobby Duncan, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, Sepp van den Berg
XI: Renan Ribeiro, Tiago Ilori, Bruno Fernandes, Luciano Vietto, Raphinha Belloli, Luís Neto, Jeremy Mathieu, Cristian Borja, Miguel Luís, Marcus Wendel, Idrissa Doumbia
Subs: Sebastian Coates, Eduardo Henrique, Gonzalo Plata, Bas Dost, Luiz Phellype, Nuno Mendes, Thierry Correia, Daniel Bragança, Eduardo Quaresma, Jovane Cabral, Luís Maximiano