The Champions of Europe got their pre-season underway with their annual friendly game against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.
Both teams have progressed rapidly in the years that this friendly has been played, as has the interest in the match.
The stadium was sold out as Liverpool, who played 23 players in total, included a cameo striker’s role for goalkeeper Dan Atherton in the second half!
The Reds ran out 6-0 winners thanks to goals from Nathaniel Clyne, Rhian Brewster (2), Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan.
Here’s what we learned from the game:
Brewster shines in front of goal
Considering that he’s yet to kick a ball in a competitive game for Liverpool, there’s been a lot of hype around Rhian Brewster. Given a chance to lead the line in the first-half, the youngster took his opportunity, bagging a brace of goals that any striker would be proud of. His first was a lovely reactionary header and the second was typical number nine’s goal as he reacted quickest to a rebound from the goalkeeper. A lot is expected from Brewster this year and a good pre-season will go a long way to helping him achieve his goals. He couldn’t have started much better.
Young left-backs impress
With Andy Robertson still not back in training, two youngsters were given a chance at left-back and they both impressed. Both Yasser Larouci and Adam Lewis impressed in different ways. Larouci attacked with great pace and purpose, whilst Lewis was tenacious and more willing to get wide and deliver crosses. There might be a role in the squad for a back up left back and both players did well when given an opportunity.
Ki-Jana Hoever is the real deal
I don’t want to overreact to a friendly bit it’s clear that Ki-Jana Hoever is an all time great! Ok, too far, but the Dutchman was probably the pick of the players in the second half. He looked excellent at right back and played a key role in Liverpool’s sixth goal. He looks certain to be in and around the first team at some point in the near future.
Great to see Joe Gomez back at centre half
Joe Gomez played the first half of the game at centre-back and it was a reminder of just how special a player he is. Gomez was immense before his injury last season and now that he’s fully fit, he’ll be fighting for his place in the team. He was very, very impressive at Prenton Park, both with and without the ball. Having him back is a huge plus point for Liverpool.