Photo: Liverpool round off US tour with 2-1 defeat to AS Roma

2 August 2016

Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the US ended on a disappointing note, as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Serie A side AS Roma.


After clashes with Chelsea and AC Milan in the International Champions Cup in California, the Reds took to St Louis, Missouri for their final outing across the Atlantic.

This saw Jurgen Klopp name a strong side including Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge, as he looked to seal a positive result at Busch Stadium.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before a pre-season friendly game against AS Roma on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool and AS Roma players shake hands before a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: A general view of Busch Stadium as Liverpool take on AS Roma during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by Concepcion Valadez/Propaganda)

The stadium, home to Major League Baseball’s St Louis Cardinals, saw the two sides play out an attractive, end-to-end contest in the first half.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against AS Roma during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action against AS Roma during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action against AS Roma during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge, Firmino and Mane all combined positively in the final third, but were unable to convert their chances, with Liverpool’s No. 15 in particular showing signs of rustiness in front of goal.

It was Luciano Spalletti’s side that drew first blood, with Edin Dzeko powering a right-footed shot beyond Alex Manninger, but the Reds responded soon after.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner in action against AS Roma during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo scores the first equalising goal against AS Roma during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With James Milner sending in a well-weighted corner kick, Dejan Lovren nodded the ball down for 19-year-old winger Sheyi Ojo to head home an equaliser.

The Reds headed into the break with the scores even, allowing Klopp to make 10 changes—keeping only Wijnaldum on the pitch from his starting lineup.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia in action against AS Roma's Leandro Paredes during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against AS Roma's captain Francesco Totti during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Among those to come on were Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, but after the interval Liverpool struggled to get a handle on the game.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is beaten as AS Roma's Mohamed Salah scores the second goal against during a pre-season friendly game on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A mixup between centre-back Andre Wisdom and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet allowed Mohamed Salah to net another goal for Roma on 62 minutes, setting off a fierce final half-hour.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a pre-season friendly game against AS Roma on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds ultimately fell to defeat, leaving Klopp disappointed with his side’s output, having utilised all of his available substitutes bar academy goalkeeper and, tellingly, Christian Benteke.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's Christian Benteke after a pre-season friendly game against AS Roma on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson after a pre-season friendly game against AS Roma on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool now travel back to the UK to continue their preparations for the 2016/17 campaign, with a high-profile clash with Barcelona at Wembley Stadium to follow on Saturday evening.

After that, they will fly to Germany to take on Klopp’s former side, Mainz 05, before kicking off their Premier League season away to Arsenal.

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