Anfield needs restoration after Taylor Swift and Pink concerts before Arne Slot pre-season

Taylor Swift performs on stage during "Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour" at Aviva Stadium on June 28, 2024 in Dublin, Ireland
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It's safe to say the pitch at Anfield has seen better days following summer concerts from music superstars Taylor Swift and Pink.

Swift played three gigs at Liverpool's home ground in June as part of her 'Eras Tour', while Pink performed twice towards the end of last month.

However, the impact of the two music sensations performing at Anfield has seen the pitch take a beating. Images posted to social media after the concerts show the pitch looking in very different condition to the luscious green one which played host to Jurgen Klopp's final match as Reds boss back in May against Wolves.

Of course, while it looks beaten up and in bad shape now, the pitch will be relayed ahead of the new season, and will be back to looking pristine in just a matter of months.

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Liverpool will begin their pre-season training in the coming days, with players not featuring at international tournaments this summer set to be put through their paces by new boss Arne Slot.

The Reds have already confirmed dates for four pre-season matches, with three of them taking place across the pond during their tour of the United States.

On July 26, they will face off against La Liga side Real Betis at Acrisure Stadium, which is also the home of one of the NFL's most storied franchises, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Arne Slot new first team manager of Liverpool Football Club at AXA Training Centre on June 19, 2024 in Kirkby, England.
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Five days later, they will face off against Arsenal on July 31 at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. And then they will finish up their US tour by playing Manchester United in South Carolina on August 3, which boasts a capacity of over 77,000.

They will then return home for their final pre-season game, which will see them face off against another La Liga side, this time in the form of Betis' city rivals Sevilla on August 11.

But it won't be until August 24 that Anfield sees some competitive first-team action. Liverpool open their Premier League campaign away at Portman Road against newly promoted Ipswich Town on August 17.

And then a week later, the Reds take on Brentford on August 24, in what will be Slot's first competitive home game as Liverpool boss.