Liverpool scrap pre-season friendly with Schalke due to Friday night Premier League fixture

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The Reds will play Norwich on the opening night of the new season – just three days after the friendly was scheduled

Liverpool have scrapped their pre-season friendly with Schalke after discovering they will play on the opening night of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

The Reds were due to host the Bundesliga side at Anfield on August 6, but they have been handed a Friday night league clash against Norwich three days later on August 9.

Jurgen Klopp’s men kick off their bid to win a first Premier League title with a home match against Norwich

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Jurgen Klopp’s men kick off their bid to win a first Premier League title with a home match against Norwich

Jurgen Klopp’s men also face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on August 14, and to avoid congestion, the Schalke friendly will now take place at another time.

A statement on the Liverpool website read: “Liverpool’s planned pre-season friendly against Schalke on Tuesday August 6 has been postponed.

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“Following Thursday morning’s announcement of the Premier League fixtures for the 2019-20 season, the Reds will face Norwich City at Anfield in the opening game of the new campaign on Friday August 9.

“The Schalke fixture has therefore been postponed in preparation for the early start to the Premier League season.

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“Liverpool and Schalke will work together on setting a rearranged date for the friendly in 2020.”

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