Jürgen Klopp admits he would have enjoyed an opportunity to watch England's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, but logistics meant there was no chance of bringing forward Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Chester FC.
The Reds will contest their first fixture of the summer at 3pm BST at the Swansway Chester Stadium – the same time Gareth Southgate’s team are getting under way in Russia.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “What can I say? When we planned it, it was obviously not really clear [England would play at the same time] – and I didn’t think about it, to be honest.
“Now we have tried for a few days to change the time, but it’s not possible. Chester tried as well, but said it is not possible – all of the things they have organised around the game, we cannot change it.
“We would have been ready for pretty much everything; playing at 12, playing at seven, whatever. It’s now like it is. We will record the game and hope they will go through when we watch it back. I am really, really happy about the role England are playing – Hendo is playing and Trent had his first World Cup game as well, so it’s really nice. It would have been nice to watch it.
“We now play on Tuesday [against Tranmere] and could potentially miss a game in the first semi-final – I can’t believe it! But it is our pre-season and we have to play our own games.
“I am pretty sure the people in Chester will be in the stadium and will watch the game because it is our first pre-season friendly, so it’s a nice one. It’s good for Chester. I think they’ve sold out and that’s a nice thing.”