Fabinho and Keita have been brought into bolster Liverpool’s midfield ahead of the 2018/19 season
Jurgen Klopp is ready to give summer signings Naby Keita and Fabinho their Liverpool debuts on Saturday.
Liverpool travel to Chester on Saturday for their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Keita and Fabinho both started their pre-season training at Melwood on Monday and the German appears keen to give them a run out on the pitch against the National League North side, most likely for 45 minutes.
When asked if the travelling Kopites will be getting a glimpse of their new signings on Saturday, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Yes, hopefully.
“We still have two or three sessions until we play; unfortunately in football a lot of things can happen. But if nothing happens then they will play of course.”
“We don’t want to waste time. They are in, it’s good. It’s our first pre-season game so let’s start.
“If they’ll start, I don’t know, to be honest. I haven’t made the line-up so far, I have to see who is available. But, yes, they will be involved for sure.”
The Reds have been fairly productive in the transfer market this summer but were dealt a huge blow when the deal to sign Nabil Fekir collapsed just before the beginning of the World Cup.
The match against Chester kicks off at 3pm, the same time England are getting under way against Sweden in their World Cup-quarter-final in Russia, live on talkSPORT.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is in line to start, while his Reds teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold will be on the bench.
Klopp admits he is disappointed not to be watching the game, saying: “What can I say? When we planned it, it was obviously not really clear [England would play at the same time] – and I didn’t think about it, to be honest.
“Now we have tried for a few days to change the time, but it’s not possible. Chester tried as well, but said it is not possible – all of the things they have organised around the game, we cannot change it.
“We would have been ready for pretty much everything; playing at 12, playing at seven, whatever. It’s now like it is. We will record the game and hope they will go through when we watch it back. I am really, really happy about the role England are playing – Hendo is playing and Trent had his first World Cup game as well, so it’s really nice. It would have been nice to watch it.”