Liverpool Confirm Van Dijk Will Start Vs. Bologna

Virgil van Dijk is set to start against Bologna as Jurgen Klopp names two different Liverpool XIs for today’s 60-minute friendlies.

The Reds will play Bologna twice this afternoon as they conclude their time in Evian, before a double-header at Anfield against Athletic Club and Osasuna.

Klopp has explained how “most of the players will now play 60 minutes” after involvement against Wacker Innsbruck, Stuttgart, Mainz and Hertha Berlin, with a handful of exceptions.

The manager will make wholesale changes between the two friendlies, which are set to kick off at 3pm and 5pm respectively, while further alterations will be made in-game.

Some key players will pick up more game time off the bench, though Thiago misses out today due to a minor injury that is being carefully managed in training.

Jordan Henderson and Ben Davies are also absent, while youngsters Harvey Davies, Billy Koumetio, Owen Beck, Jake Cain, Tyler Morton and Mateusz Musialowski left the first-team squad upon the move from Austria to France.

Liverpool First XI: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Elliott, Keita; Salah, Mane, Jota

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Substitutes: Karius, Pitaluga, R.Williams, Beck, Woodburn

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