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Pre-season Friendly 11-07-19 Tranmere Rovers (A)

The new season is almost upon us and is no less welcome for the fact that football never actually went away over the summer.  Liverpool are yet to sign any senior players and this gives a chance for the youngsters to make a case for their involvement.  Personally, I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of signings so far and was expecting at least a left back and a versatile forward by now.  We can't afford to stand still while others strengthen.  The injuries to Keita, Shaqiri and Kellaher are also disappointing.

The first few pre-season games are more about fitness than team rhythm for the senior players but the youngsters will be keen to impress.  I am looking forward to seeing Brewster and Ven den berg in particular.  It will also be interesting to see if Kent or Wilson can impress sufficiently to play a part in the coming season.

I won't put a predicted team here as I expect all those who began training on Saturday plus possibly Origi to get time on the pitch at some stage.  Tranmere have done well to recover from relegation into the Conference with successive promotions to reach League 1 so they will provide useful opposition.  The result isn't too important but staying injury free would be relief.

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  • That was an impressive first game despite the limitations of the opposition. Early pre-season games have often seen Liverpool teams struggling for rhythm with the senior players coasting and the youngsters trying too hard to impress. But last night both the first half and the slightly less experienced second half teams played some slick football. Milner set the tone in the first half. As the commentator said, he played as though it was the CL Final. The player who most caught the eye was Brewster, not just for his two well taken goals but for his all round performance, leading the line well against two physical centre backs However, every single player made a positive contribution, even Dan Atherton, the young keeper who came on as striker after Glatzel was injured, and sprayed some nice passes as well as putting himself about. Bigger tests lie ahead but this was as promising a start as Klopp could have hoped for.
  • Disappointed so far as well with our transfer buisiness or lack of but still a few weeks left so we remain hopeful. We must strenghten as you say, can't just expect the same as last season with the same squad, we must add to it, improve it or other will catch up and even overtake us.
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