Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat to the hands of German side Kaiserslautern in their second pre-season friendly of the summer.
On a cool day inside the Fritz Walter Stadion, Roy Hodgson handed a debut to new striker Milan Jovanovic, partnering David Ngog up front with starting place also for Sotirios Kyrgiakos in central defence.
It was very much a typical pre-season friendly with players not quite looking match fit and a slow tempo throughout.
First half chances for the Reds fell to David Amoo and Martin Kelly, whilst Diego Cavalieri did well to keep out Adam Nemec’s shot early on.
But Liverpool, sporting the new white away kit, conceded their first goal of the pre-season campaign shortly after the half hour mark when Jiri Bilkey crossed for Iilan Mickanski to divert the ball goalwards from close range.
Jovanovic’s first game lasted just the first half, with new boss Roy Hodgson making plenty of substitutes to test out his fringe players.
Liverpool now return to Merseyside, before next Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round first leg away to FK Rabotnicki in Macedonia.
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Kelly (Ince 68), Ayala, Kyrgiakos (Irwin 77), Darby, Jovanovic (Degen 46), Spearing (Palsson 76), Lucas (Shelvey 74), Amoo, Ngog (Dalla Valle 73), Eccleston (Robinson 82). Subs not used: Gulacsi, Irwin, Hansen.
Kaiserslautern: Sippel, Bugera (Stulin 83), Amedick, Francisco, Dick (Hornig 88), Amri (Fuchs 75), Bilek (Kirch 57), Tiffer (Rivic 56), Ilicevic, Micanski, Nemec. Subs not used: Trapp, Schluz, Abel, Moravek, Hoffer.