Liverpool vs Osasuna: prediction, preview, team news / Club friendlies 2021

Liverpool’s preparations for the 2021-22 season conclude on Monday in front of the Anfield faithful, as Osasuna make the journey from Spain for a friendly encounter.

The Reds have managed just one win from their five friendly games this season and will aim to end their pre-season on a high note.

Liverpool failed to return to winning ways on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by La Liga side Athletic Bilbao.

This followed Liverpool’s disappointing 4-3 defeat at the hands of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin last Thursday.

Liverpool have now managed one win from their last five games this season, picking up three draws and losing once.

On the other hand, Osasuna have enjoyed a blistering pre-season run so far.

They have picked up five wins from their five outings this season, including a 3-1 victory over Real Sociedad last time out.

Los Rojillos have been in fine goalscoring form of late, scoring nine goals and conceding just two.

Liverpool and Osasuna are yet to lock horns in a competitive fixture, but the two sides famously did battle in Sammy Lee’s testimonial back in 1988 – a game which the man of the moment was forced to miss due to injury.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides and they will both be aiming for a brilliant start to their rivalry.

With several key players returning to full fitness, Liverpool have a clear advantage in terms of squad strength and experience. However, the visitors are the more in-form side heading into the game on a blistering run of five straight victories.

The Reds coach will only be focused on what is in front of him against Athletic for the time being, but the visitors are a team in inspired form, and we can see the two sides playing out an entertaining draw to round off their pre-season periods.

Our prediction: Draw @ 4.72

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