Liverpool's early and packed pre-season presents big opportunities for some

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

With plenty of players away because of international tournaments over the summer, one or two have a real chance to stake their claim.

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Liverpool's first pre-season game takes place this Friday when they make the short trip over the River Mersey to take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park as preparations for Jurgen Klopp's first full season in charge of the Reds gets its first taste of match practice.

There are, of course, plenty of players who will be absent from the side. The Liverpool Echo reports that Emre Can will miss the club's pre-season tour of America and will not be available until August because of Germany's run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals. Joe Allen faces the same predicament following the stunning campaign Wales are currently enjoying in France, along with goalkeeper Danny Ward.

The contingent from England and Belgium will not be joining up until the tour but there are plenty of players who could stake an early claim for a role in the side going forward. 

Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action with Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

Marko Grujic signed for the club in January but was loaned back to Red Star Belgrade. Given that he is only 20, some have suggested that he might be the kind of player who will be used pretty sparingly; while Lucas Leiva is entering the final year of his contract and could be given a role in the earlier games.

The absence of midfielders could give promising talents like Cameron Brannagan and Pedro Chirivella a chance to stake their claim for a role in the first-team plans of next season.

Then there are the new signings mixed with some of the more established players. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are in place while Danny Ings could get the opportunity to build his fitness up again after spending much of last season on the sidelines. 

Schalke's Joel Matip

Loris Karius will get the opportunity to stake his claim to be the first choice goalkeeper with Simon Mignolet not around and Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren could get to work on starting to establish a good central defensive partnership. 

It could be an integral part of pre-season for Klopp, but also for many parts of his team as he tries to get his side prepared to hit the ground running when they face Arsenal in August.

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