The best of the photos as Liverpool kick off pre-season by thrashing Tranmere Rovers

12 July 2017

Liverpool left Prenton Park comfortable victors on Wednesday night, sealing a 4-0 win away to Tranmere Rovers to kick off their pre-season campaign.


The Reds made the short trip across the River Mersey to launch their summer preparations away to the National League side.

Allowing his players time to settle in after a long break, Jurgen Klopp named a different lineup for each half in Birkenhead, with Jordan Henderson among those to start.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A returning Jon Flanagan was among the substitutes, as well as new signing Dominic Solanke, who made the move from Chelsea on the expiry of his contract on July 1.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Jon Flanagan reads the programme before a preseason friendly match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke before a preseason friendly match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With new Reds CEO Peter Moore watching on from the stands, the Reds were in dominant form from the start.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's new CEO Peter Moore before a preseason friendly match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Marko Grujic enjoyed a physical midfield battle, lining up alongside Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum as Klopp retained the 4-3-3 system that served him so well last season.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Marko Grujic in action against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The service of Trent Alexander-Arnold proved the most valuable asset for the Reds in the first half, with the teenager impressing as Klopp’s starting right-back.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in action against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was another youngster, Sheyi Ojo, who made the first goal with a bright burst of pace in the penalty area, with the winger brought down by Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Up stepped James Milner, who tucked the resulting penalty away to make it 1-0.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's James Milner scores the first goal against Tranmere Rovers from a penalty kick during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It wasn’t long before Grujic had made it 2-0, continuing his trend of scoring excellent goals in pre-season by bending a long-range effort into the bottom corner.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Marko Grujic celebrates scoring the second goal against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This proved to be the last telling contribution of the first half, but with Solanke introduced after the break, along with nine others, the Reds continued to push for more.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke in action against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Solanke, who was impressive in his first outing up front, almost put Liverpool three goals up with a close-range effort, but Davies parried it into the path of Pedro Chirivella instead.

With the midfielder tucking home, the Reds imposed a slower pace on proceedings, with Ben Woodburn‘s late penalty a rare moment of incision in the final third as the victory played out.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Young supporters run on to celebrate Liverpool's third goal against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After a positive 90 minutes with four goals, four goalscorers and no injuries, Klopp can feel positive about his side’s start to pre-season.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before a preseason friendly match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Next up is Wigan Athletic on Friday night, and Klopp’s strong squad can hope for another convincing victory at the DW Stadium.

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