Man City vs. Liverpool, Man Utd vs. Liverpool pick of ICC 2018 games

Man City vs. Liverpool, Man Utd vs. Liverpool pick of ICC 2018 games
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

The International Champions Cup returns in July, with games between the leading clubs in the world played across three continents in July and August.

Here, we pick out six of the biggest games coming up this summer.

July 25: Manchester City vs. Liverpool, MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey)

Manchester City will arrive in the United States as Premier League champions, but they will face Liverpool having lost all three of their meetings with Jurgen Klopp's team in 2018. If anyone knows how to defeat City and Pep Guardiola, it is Liverpool's coach, and this clash in New Jersey promises to be a taster for next season's title race in England.

Liverpool are likely to unveil 62 million signing Naby Keita following his much-anticipated arrival from RB Leipzig, with City also expected to spend big this summer to build a squad capable of winning the Champions League next season.

July 26: Arsenal vs. Atletico Madrid, National Stadium (Kallang, Singapore)

With the two clubs meeting in the Europa League semifinals, this clash in Singapore will offer the losers a quick chance for revenge as they prepare for the new campaign. The big question mark hanging over Arsenal as they head into the summer, however, is whether the team will be under new management following 22 years under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal's failure to challenge for Champions League qualification via the Premier League this season has placed Wenger under increasing pressure. Could this meeting with Atletico be the start of a new era or simply more of the same for the Gunners?

July 28: Manchester United vs. Liverpool, Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

The biggest game in English football is set for The Big House -- the giant home stadium of the University of Michigan football team -- with Manchester United and Liverpool aiming to draw an even bigger crowd than the 109,318 attendance for United's friendly against Real Madrid in the stadium in August 2014. The two clubs, which have won 38 English titles between them (United 20, Liverpool 18), met outside England for the first time in 2014, when they contested the final of the ICC in Miami, with Louis van Gaal's United winning on that occasion.

With the two teams expected to emerge as the closest challengers to Manchester City in the Premier League next season, this encounter could give clues as to which will be the best bet to dethrone Pep Guardiola's men.


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