Photos: Liverpool lose to Chelsea as Cahill nets header at the Rose Bowl

28 July 2016
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Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the US got off to a poor start as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Antonio’s Conte’s Chelsea.


Jurgen Klopp had previously overseen four victories on home soil, as the Reds dispatched of Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town before flying to California.

Their time across the Atlantic sees them take in two International Champions Cup clashes and a further friendly.

The first of their outings in the lucrative pre-season tournament came on Thursday morning, facing off against the Blues at the stunning Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's xxxx in action against Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp named a strong side despite leaving a clutch of key names at Liverpool’s training camp in Palo Alto, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all starting in attack.

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PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool supporters before the International Champions Cup 2016 game against Chelsea on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This came in front of a remarkable crowd, with Liverpool’s strong following in the US shining through.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the International Champions Cup 2016 game against Chelsea on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It provided Klopp with his first taste of top-level competition this summer, as he mounts up the pressure on his side in preparation for a renewed challenge in 2016/17.

Despite a reasonable start, however, the German was left disappointed just 11 minutes in.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Chelsea's Gary Cahill scores the first goal against Liverpool during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius looks dejected as Chelsea score the opening goal during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After Chelsea won a corner early in the first half, England international centre-back Gary Cahill was there to rise highest, latching onto a lapse in judgment from Firmino and dominating Marko Grujic in the air to power a header past Loris Karius.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action against Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Chelsea spent much of the clash defending deep, leaving Firmino and his attacking cohorts struggling to break through to test goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Making just one change at half-time, replacing the injured Marko Grujic with the returning Adam Lallana, Klopp was forced to roll the dice with a series of substitutes just after the hour mark.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's Oviemuno Ejaria and Roberto Firmino are replaced as Liverpool makes five substitutes against Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On came Andre Wisdom, Jordan Henderson, Lazar Markovic, James Milner, Sheyi Ojo and Danny Ings, with Klopp’s squad now stronger than it was during their domestic friendlies.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's Danny Ings in action against Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Henderson nipped the ball around nicely and Ings provided some intelligent movement in the final third, but the Reds were still lacking, as the contest descended into a series of wild challenges from either side.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Chelsea Cesc Fabregas reacts after being shown a red card during the International Champions Cup 2016 game against Liverpool on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The worst came from Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, who lunged in late on debutant Ragnar Klavan, receiving a straight red card.

Grujic, Alberto Moreno, Ovie Ejaria, Kevin Stewart and Dejan Lovren were booked for the Reds, in what proved to be a fiercely fought clash.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action against Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moreno came under considerable criticism after the game, with his 82 minutes on the field peppered with hallmarks of his defensive ineptitude that will continue to trouble supporters.

This is very much a Liverpool side still getting to grips with their fitness and structure this pre-season, however, and despite defeat in their opening ICC fixture, they can be content with another testing exercise.

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PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan after the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can after the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp can now look to Sunday morning’s clash with AC Milan, possibly able to strengthen his ranks further with the additions of Emre Can, Daniel Sturridge and Georginio Wijnaldum, among others.



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