Reds held in Olso

Liverpool drew 3-3 in another high-scoring, entertaining pre-season friendly that will leave supporters slightly concerned by the number of goals the Reds’ have conceded – 3 in each of their 5 friendlies so far.

Kenny Dalglish was able to call on several first-team players for the first time this summer – namely Pepe Reina and Glen Johnson, while the three new boys Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam all returned after missing the trip to Istanbul last week.

Despite dominating possession in the opening exchanges, Dalglish’s side found themselves 2-0 down inside twenty minutes. The first was from poor defending, the second a penalty.

Andy Carroll reduced the deficit just before half-time, hitting home from close range off a corner, although there appeared to be more than a touch of handball about his control.

Played out in beautiful evening sun in Oslo, with a huge Liverpool contingent in attendance and the Kop songbook in full flow, Liverpool controlled most of the game but their defensive inability was clear to see.

It was Daniel Agger who scored two within five minutes to turn the game around, but the hosts secured a late equaliser with a good shot from outside the box.

Liverpool host Spanish side Valencia at Anfield on Saturday before the season begins the week after against Sunderland.