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LIVERPOOL'S PRE-SEASON MATCHES

Judging by the lack of comments on the Tranmere game blog I thought I would post a general blog so Kopfans can comment on all the pre-season games which are coming thick and fast, starting with Bradford City tomorrow.  I don't know much about Bradford but surely they must give Liverpool a harder game than Tranmere did.  Although more players are back in training the new arrivals will not be considered for Bradford, though Lovren who has trained for a few days should get a game.  Otherwise the first and second half teams should be similar to Tranmere though Klpp may choose to swap the line-ups around a bit.  A similar performance to Tranmere would be welcome as would a good attendance since the match is raising money for sufferers of motor neurone disease, an awful condition that has sadly struck our former player and former Bradford skipper Stephen Darby.

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  • What a welcome turnabout. That’s more like it. Roll on the season have to see what the hype is all about regarding Hoever, Larouci, Elliot and the others. Van den Berg’s work permit slowed things down for him. Is the real Naby Keira finally showing his class. I feel a tad more positive now about Sunday’s game in the charity final, it’s actually going to be intriguing the first 20 mins or so seeing that it’s Man City
  • The loss against Napoli is the first pre-season result that's actually annoyed me. The games in the US were on rubbish pitches and in really hot conditions, neither of these were the case in Murrayfield on Sunday. We were so slow and lethargic we looked like a hungover pub team in comparison to Napoli. And it wasn't just one or two players, it was pretty much the whole starting outfield ten. I don't know whether it was tiredness or a slight anxiety of getting injured before the season but our closing down in defence was substandard, and that was with a first choice back four on the pitch. At least when the young players came on in the last ten minutes there was a bit of pace and movement and we actually looked like we could get a goal. This game demanded a step up in performance from the regulars, they had to move on from just focusing on fitness. It wasn't there and they're running out of excuses.
    • Don’t know what’s going on now, it’s worrying and we sure will not relish facing City at this moment
  • The one thing I would say about conceding goals in the friendlies is that our normal front three - Mane, Firmino and Salah - contribute a surprising amount to the team defensively, they often stop players further up the field or track back to help the defence. I think things will improve once they and Alisson return. However, I agree getting another industrious attacker and a fullback wouldn't go amiss.
  • Very disappointed so far with this transfer window, we need to build on what we have not rest on our laurels. We need strong competition for places and we don't have that right now, we've seen down the years what happens when players get too comfortable when their place is secured, really hoping we have a couple of transfers brewing away under the radar.
  • A draw against possibly the lowest ranked team. Seven goals conceded, does it mean without Virgil and Allison we have could have a major problems in defense should anything happen to the one or both.
  • I'm with Red on this one, i like a winning run in pre-season just to build up that winning mentality. We've played two decent teams and lost both games, not a happy camper here. Hoping for a better result against sporting.
  • Seems like after the insane tackle in a friendly Yarouci is not too seriously injured but it’s a bit disturbing to have 2 losses on the trot. I know the seniors are not all there yet especially the front 3 but still it’s a worry. Yeah yeah it’s all about fitness and minutes and tryouts but still. Let’s see what the next game brings and take it from there.
  • The Dortmund game was an odd one for a couple of reasons. The pitch had just been laid and they strangely didn't water it enough so it was slow and with little bounce, conditions that worked against how we play. The Dortmund team put out a strong starting eleven whereas we were missing our first choice front line. Dortmund, understandably, looked more fluid than us from the off. Had it not been for Mignolet being on his game the final score could've been a bit embarrassing. Again, I thought the high points included Kent and Wilson - they always look to create something and they work well together, Brewster had the courage to take the penalty off Hendo and put it in a top corner, and Larouci looks handy at full back.
  • Haven’t seen any of the pre-season games but what I gather in the media the youngsters Brewster and Wilson show promise and it also seems like left back has cover. Looking forward as to how Sep van den Berg will fare when he can play
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