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Reds announce Preston friendly

Liverpool will kick off their pre-season programme with a friendly away to Preston on July 19.

The Reds have a shared bond with the Lilywhites in the form of their iconic former manager Bill Shankly, who had a 16-year playing career at the Lancashire club, and Brendan Rodgers' side won a warm-up fixture at Deepdale last summer.

Liverpool return to the United States for most of their pre-season this summer with matches against Roma in Boston, Olympiacos in Chicago, Manchester City in New York and AC Milan in Charlotte.