The Germans are still partying after Sunday’s World Cup win, but for the rest of the soccer world, it's back to business. That includes Liverpool FC, the 18-time English and five-time European champions, who will take on Danish club Brondby Wednesday morning on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago. Coverage begins at 10 a.m. with kickoff set for 11 a.m.
Liverpool is a club on the rise, finishing second in the Barclay’s Premier League last season in a thrilling title race that went down to the final game of the season. But the club is also dealing with the loss of their best player, 2013-14 Player of the Year Luis Suarez (yes, the biter). Suarez moved to Barcelona last week, and while Liverpool will have $128 million to spend on new players due to the fee they received for Suarez, they will also have to replace the man who tied the Premier League record with 31 goals last season.
Wednesday’s match is an opportunity for Liverpool to get a look at some of their young talent and the players who did not feature in the World Cup. This includes vice-captain Daniel Agger, a former Brondby player; Philippe Coutinho, who would have been on the Brazilian World Cup squad if there was a reset button on the tournament; and every English player on the squad, as England was courteous enough to be eliminated early in Brazil, allowing their players to rest up for the club season.
After a five-year absence, Liverpool will be returning to the Champions League this season. That means they are able to bring in more top-level talent – manager Brendan Rodgers has already signed three exciting young players in Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Marković, and there is time for more additions.
While tomorrow's match is just the first game of Liverpool’s preseason schedule, it is also a chance for fans in Chicago to get a glimpse of the team that will be in Chicago next week. Soldier Field will host Liverpool against Greek power Olympiakos on July 27.
So if you have soccer withdrawal, no worries- we’ve got you covered. Wednesday also marks the one-month countdown to the beginning of the Premier League season (PREMIER LEAGUE ON NBC! PREMIER LEAGUE ON NBC! PREMIER LEAGUE ON NBC!).