Throughout the entire 2018/19 campaign, I’ll be re-watching the entire 90 minutes of every single Liverpool game, which is something I’ve been doing for games over the past few seasons anyway. As I re-watch, I take down some quick notes and, this year, I’ll be sharing some of those in article form here at Read Liverpool.
The Reds continued their preparations for the 2018/19 season underway with a 3-2 victory over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.
First-half goals from Rafa Camacho, Sheyi Ojo and Adam Lallana gave Liverpool a well-deserved lead at the break.
However, the second-half team struggled and two errors, one by Loris Karius, the other by the combination of James Milner and Pedro Chirivella, gifted the home side two goals.
Obviously, it’s tough to learn too much from a friendly game in which two separate XI’s are used, but there were a few things I did take from the match:
- Adam Lallana looked really fit and really sharp. He pressed as well as ever and he linked up well on the left with Andy Robertson and Ryan Kent. Injuries ruined Lallana’s 2017/18 campaign but it wasn’t too long ago that he was a vital cog in Jurgen Klopp’s side. His performance bodes well.
- Fabinho looks like the type of player who loves to keep the tempo of the game high. Almost every pass he made was hit the first-time ad he looked to keep the ball moving. Defensively, his positioning was very good and he made interceptions and defensive headers look very straightforward.
- Not so much something we learned but something was reinforced. In Roberston, Liverpool have found an absolute gem of a player and as I was sat at ground level at Prenton Park, I got a very close look at his game. His positional play was superb and his ability to get up and down the left flank at pace was a joy to watch.
- The elephant in the room then. Karius. The lad’s confidence looks absolutely shot to bits. He seemed to be bothered by the stick he got from Tranmere fans, which is a huge worry as he’s going to be the target for opposition fans every week. I simply can’t see how he starts the season as Liverpool’s goalkeeper. His errors are as much mental as they are technical and I just can’t see that improving any time soon.