The best of the photos as Liverpool beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to round off pre-season

5 August 2017

Liverpool weren’t always at their best on Saturday, but they still got the better of Athletic Bilbao in fairly comfortable fashion, sealing a 3-1 win.


The Reds’ final pre-season game of the summer was hosted at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, as the Irish fanatics got a chance to see their heroes.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Thursday, March 23, 2017: A general view of the Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road) ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match against Republic of Ireland. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp named an interesting starting lineup, with James Milner used in midfield, Roberto Firmino on the left and Divock Origi leading the line.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool players line-up before a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alberto Moreno started at left-back, and the Spaniard was again impressive during a lively first-half showing. Has he done enough to start at Watford next weekend?

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool were awarded a penalty after Firmino was hauled down inside the area, with the Reds given a glorious opportunity to take the lead.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino is fouled by Athletic Club Bilbao's Iñigo Lekue for a penalty during a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Brazilian duly obliged, although his effort only just squeezed through the hands of Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the first goal from a penalty kick during a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Origi was poor throughout, missing two glorious chances, and his sloppy touch played a part in Bilbao equalising before half-time.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool's Divock Origi looks dejected after missing a chance against during a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s men struggled to find their feet for a chunk of proceedings, but 17-year-old Ben Woodburn fired home a brilliant effort to give his side a 2-1 lead.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool's Ben Woodburn scores the second goal during a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dominic Solanke then put the icing on the sake, heading home superbly after a lovely cross by Ragnar Klavan.

It was the youngster’s third goal of a very impressive summer.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 5, 2017: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Ben Woodburn during a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That’s that for pre-season, and attention now turns to next Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Is this the Reds’ year? We’re about to find out…

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