Liverpool produced a comprehensive victory over their National League opposition to kick off pre-season, thrashing Tranmere Rovers 4-0.
Tranmere Rovers 0-4 Liverpool
Pre-Season Friendly, Prenton Park
July 12, 2017
Milner 34′ (pen) (assist – Ojo)
Grujic 44′ (assist – Ojo)
Chirivella 50′ (assist – Solanke)
Woodburn 78′ (pen) (assist – Kent)
The Reds kicked off their pre-season campaign with a trip across the Mersey to Birkenhead, taking on Micky Mellon’s National League hopefuls in a domestic friendly clash.
With the majority of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad now back in training ahead of 2017/18, the German was able to name a strong starting lineup for Liverpool’s maiden summer outing.
Still bolstered by a formidable unit, the Reds will have taken to Prenton Park confident of a productive runout, and it proved to be just that.
- Klopp names two XIs, Karius only player in both
- Milner opens scoring with penalty after Ojo fouled
- Grujic nets second with 30-yard scorcher
- Chirivella scores on first appearance after loan
- Woodburn seals victory with late spot-kick
The striker almost laid on the opening goal within the first minute, channelling Steven Gerrard to send a long, lofted ball through for the onrushing Ojo, who sent his shot wide of the post.
While Ojo and Trent Alexander-Arnold were bright throughout, it was another of Klopp’s youngsters, Marko Grujic, who forced a save from Scott Davies on the half-hour mark, with Sturridge scuffing the rebound.
Davies was at fault shortly after, however, bringing down the onrushing Ojo to concede a penalty, which Milner duly fired into the bottom corner.
Grujic was not to be outdone, and the Serbian made it 2-0 before half-time with a bending 30-yard strike that once again underlined his potential as a first-team midfielder.
Klopp made 10 changes at half-time, including a first appearance for summer signing Dominic Solanke, who replaced Sturridge to take up the centre-forward role.
Solanke came close to marking his maiden outing with an early goal, but Davies was on hand to parry his close-range effort, leaving Pedro Chirivella with a simple finish in the six-yard box.
With the game taking a slower pace after the hour, Klopp took the opportunity to replace Loris Karius with 18-year-old academy goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, whose first involvement saw him watch ex-Reds youngster Jack Dunn’s free-kick sail wide.
The young Welshman converted his effort, securing an emphatic victory on Liverpool’s return to action this summer.
TIA Man of the Match: Alexander-Arnold
Referee: Mike Dean
Tranmere Rovers: Davies; Buxton, McNulty, Sutton, Ridehalgh; Duggan, Harris, Hughes, Norburn; Cook, Norwood
Liverpool: Karius (Grabara 67′); Alexander-Arnold (Clyne 46′), Matip (Gomez 46′), Lucas (Klavan 46′), Milner (Flanagan 46′); Henderson (Stewart 46′), Grujic (Chirivella 46′), Wijnaldum (Woodburn 46′); Ojo (Markovic 46′), Firmino (Kent 46′), Sturridge (Solanke 46′)
Subs not used: Randall
Next match: Wigan Athletic (A) – Pre-Season Friendly – July 14