Stuttgart VS Liverpool LIVE Football Match Score July 20/7/2021
Liverpool kick off their pre-season preparations with two back-to-back 30-minute friendly matches against Wacker Innsbruck and VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday evening. The Reds will first take on Austrian side Wacker Innsbruck for a half-hour long clash followed by a 15-minute break ahead of their clash with German Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart, which was also be just 30 minutes long.
Both matches will be played out at the club’s Austria training camp and will be followed by friendly matches against German sides Mainz (23 July) and Hertha BSC (29 July) in Austria. For Reds fans it will be their first glimpse of their side since they secured a third-placed finish on the final day of the Premier League campaign.
In many ways that could be a good thing for managers, allowing them to simply focus on fitness and tactics, rather than having to appease various sponsors.
Less than a month on from concluding their 2019-20 Premier League campaign, Liverpool are now readying themselves for their first top-flight title defence in three decades.
The Reds announced two friendlies earlier this week, with this clash against German side Stuttgart being followed up with a match against Austrian champs Red Bull Salzburg three days later.
That will be it in terms of preparations for the new campaign, which will officially begin on August 29 with the Community Shield curtain-raiser against Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp’s men then have a two-week breather before beginning their title defence with a tasty home clash against Championship winners Leeds United.
Manchester City’s 2019-20 campaign only finished last weekend, by comparison, and they have an even shorter turnaround before it all gets underway again.
Never has squad depth been so important to clubs as it will be this season, yet Klopp has made just the one new signing so far – left-back Kostas Tsimikas coming in from Olympiacos.
These two friendlies, plus the Community Shield, will give Klopp a chance to give Tsimikas and some of his fringe players a chance to impress, with the likes of Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster expected to feature more frequently.
The first of the friendlies against Stuttgart should also provide the English champions with a stern test – Pellegrino Matarazzo’s men having just earned promotion back to the German top flight.
Die Roten finished second in 2. Bundesliga last term and are back in the big time after three seasons away.
Stuttgart have had an extra month off compared to Liverpool and have already had one outing this summer, thrashing Sandhausen 6-1, so they should be in better shape for this friendly.