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Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur, Friendly: Open Thread

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Hello, Baltimore! This fine city along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, in the great state of Maryland will be the unlikely host today to one of the biggest friendlies of this summer’s US tour among foreign clubs, where Liverpool plays Tottenham Hotspur in front of a packed house at the M&T Stadium.

For viewers in the United States, the match kicks off at 1pm ET on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/

EPL Talk’s Morgan Green and Earl Reed will be at the stadium covering the game for EPL Talk, so be sure to follow Morgan Green and Earl Reed on Twitter for additional updates throughout the afternoon. On top of that, if you’re an Instagram user, you can follow Morgan Green and Earl Reed on Instagram for photos before, during and after today’s match. While Morgan and Earl will be in the press box, EPL Talk blogger Harry Cee will be in the crowd to get a fan’s perspective.

Plus, after the match, listen to Morgan Green being interviewed on radio station WBAL, giving his perspective and analysis on the match. You can listen live on the radio or listen live online beginning at 2:30pm ET.

As for the match itself, we’re expecting Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to play more of his first team players that he has in the preceding two friendlies. It’s Liverpool last match of their North American tour, so it’s the perfect opportunity to give the Reds a big send off before they head back to England. Liverpool has yet to win a friendly on their North American tour, so it’ll be vitally important for a good showing today against a Tottenham Hotspur side also looking for their first win on American soil this summer. After all of the controversy surrounding Gareth Bale starring for Tottenham against LA Galaxy last weekend, today is a good opportunity for Andre Villas-Boas to give some playing time to fringe players who may end up making his team for their first match of the season in a few weeks.

Tottenham Hotspur: Friedel; Assou-Ekotto, Gallas, Kaboul, Naughton; Jenas, Livermore; Bale, Sigurdsson, Lennon; Kane

Liverpool: Jones; Enrique, Skrtel, Carragher, Flanagan; Spearing, Adam, Shelvey; Downing, Morgan, Cole

Note: Fabio Borini starts on the bench for Liverpool, but expect him to see some playing time in the second half.

Before, during and after today’s match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below. Follow along with the game and banter, no matter whether you’re at the stadium, watching it on TV or if you’re at work.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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