Liverpool received a warm welcome from fans at the gigantic Michigan Stadium amid fears the Reds could take on bitter rivals Manchester United in front of rows of empty seats on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge were among the star names who took part in the training session at the world’s second largest stadium in Ann Arbor on Friday.
Nicknamed ‘The Big House’ it regularly plays host to crowds in excess of 100,000 for college sport fixtures and four years ago 109,318 watched United take on Real Madrid in an International Champions Cup match.
But there were plenty of tickets still available on Friday for the match between the bitter rivals.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has laughed off Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho’s attempt to ramp up the pressure on him ahead of the new campaign.
The Portuguese claimed the Reds need to win the Premier League title after spending £175million on four new players this summer.
However, Klopp dismissed those suggestions ahead of the two sides’ meeting in Michigan on Saturday in the International Champions Cup.
‘One of my biggest goals in life is to make Jose smile – it doesn’t happen very often,’ joked the German.
‘I don’t even think it is a mind game, I think it is normal. I would never talk about Manchester United if no-one asked me about it.
‘I have no problem with what Jose Mourinho is saying, it is a free world and he can say whatever he wants. If he is happy about our transfers even better.
‘We know it doesn’t mean you win (trophies) automatically.’
Asked whether he had to win the Premier League this season Klopp said: ‘I don’t think so.
‘Do I get the sack if not? Depends on the football we play.’