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Don’t kid yourself either manager will be a bit interested in winning this. They won’t.

Pep has famously said, “who counts this?” and Klopp has already lost 2 of these on penalty shootouts. Neither manager gives a monkeys whether they win it or not and Allison is “injured” so won’t play but I bet he’s fit next weekend!

Having a bet on a game like this is just the same as putting a tenner into a fruit machine. Who knows who will start? How many subs will they make to ensure everyone is given a chance to get some of the cobwebs out?

It will be great seeing proper football on our screens again. I want to see how Liverpool look without Mane, I want to see if Haaland can cut it against top class defenders and I want to see if this new guy Darwin Nunez can live up to his stats (which make him superior to Haaland), and whether he can transfer that form to the Premiership.

I doubt either side will bust a gut today because you do not get 3 points and that’s all that matters. I can see it going to pens, someone wins it, someone loses it and nobody will remember what happened when the proper stuff starts next weekend.

If you haven’t signed up to our free to enter Fantasy league which has a couple of hundred quid up for grabs, do it. You have to be in it to win it.

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