Liverpool supporters can expect another sizeable hint of what to expect this coming campaign when Jurgen Klopp's side continue their pre-season preparations this evening.

The Reds play the fourth friendly of their warm-up programme when they take on Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin in the Tivoli Stadion in Innsbruck, Austria (kick-off 7.20pm).

Just 16 days remain before the Reds begin their Premier League challenge at promoted Norwich City on August 14.

And while still not quite at optimum strength in terms of available personnel, Liverpool will be expected to field a distinctly recognisable team tonight as they look to continue their unbeaten summer.

Much excitement has been generated by Klopp admitting Virgil van Dijk - absent since undergoing knee surgery in October - could feature in a brief substitute role.

With Joe Gomez, out since November with another serious knee complaint, slated for a similar outing next week, Liverpool are gradually returning to a full compliment of centre-back options.

However, after such a long time on the sidelines, there is no appetite for the duo to be rushed back to action, the Reds mindful of ensuring no further unnecessary setbacks.

The brief evidence thus far, then, is that Liverpool could well line up at Carrow Road with a centre-back pairing of Joel Matip - also back after long-term injury - and £36million new signing Ibrahima Konate.

More will be learned this evening in what is only Liverpool's second 90-minute friendly of the summer, having beaten Mainz 1-0 last Friday.

Klopp began with a strong team in Grodig before fielding a completely separate XI in the second half. Matip and Konate were the starting centre-back pairing before being replaced by Nat Phillips and Billy Koumetio.

Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota are expected to feature at some stage against Hertha Berlin having last week joined up with the Reds training camp, which on Sunday moved from Saalfelden to Tirol via a two-hour drive.

The game, though, has almost certainly come too early for Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri, who will today start training having arrived in Austria on Wednesday.

It means there could be another opportunity for Harvey Elliott to shine in a midfield role having already demonstrated some encouraging signs.

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Kostas Tsimikas has been efficient at left-back, while Caoimhin Kelleher is likely to start with Alisson Becker still absent along with fellow Brazilians Fabinho and Roberto Firmino. The trio, along with Jordan Henderson, are expected to join up with the squad in the coming days.

Hertha, who were due to play Villarreal in Hungary earlier this week only for the game to be cancelled due to positive coronavirus tests among the Spanish squad, should give the new-look Liverpool defence a test having rattled in 17 goals in their previous five pre-season friendlies.

Klopp, though, is far more concerned with the fitness and form of his own players as the clock ticks down on the new campaign.

"We don't make an analysis before we play a pre-season game because part of the challenge is that you don't know a lot about the opponent," he said.

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"I know people probably outside think, 'Yeah, it's important, we have to play the football we want to play'.

"We do that mainly in training but with the number of sessions we have, it's completely normal... you need the games for plenty of reasons but it's not for shining. It's just for working through that.

"I don't like actually pre-season games when you win it four or five-nil – it can be the first game but they have no real value because it can lead you on the wrong path and all these kind of things. Hard work, getting through it."

Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, Klopp added: "Making mistakes is not my favourite thing to do but if you make it then it's easier to work on it and it's the best time to work on it and we can sort that until the season starts.

"So, it will be a tough test definitely and we will see how we can get through it."

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