“Solanke is an excellent signing” – Fans react to Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao

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Liverpool ended their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Aviva stadium in Dublin.

Liverpool 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

Pre-season friendly, Aviva Stadium
August 5, 2017

Goals: Firmino 20′, Woodburn 59′, Solanke 80′; Williams 30′.

Liverpool went into the final pre-season game on the back of their penalty shoot-out defeat to Atletico Madrid in the final of the Audi Cup.

Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana picked up injuries following that defeat, while Daniel Sturridge also remained absent after coming off with a problem against Bayern Munich.

Jordan Henderson also missed the game through illness meaning James Milner was handed a rare start in midfield, as well as the captain’s armband.

That meant Alberto Moreno had another opportunity to impress in the left-back role.

The Reds started off well, with Roberto Firmino playing particularly impressively and it was the Brazilian who won and converted a penalty after 20 minutes.

Divock Origi missed several chances and Bilbao benefited from that when they drew level through Inaki Williams shortly afterwards.

Jurgen Klopp made several changes at half-time and Ben Woodburn was keen to impress when he produced a sublime finish to give Liverpool the lead again.

Dominic Solanke added Liverpool’s third as the Reds rounded off a good performance.

 

Fans had mixed opinions on Milner starting in midfield….

“Milner should stay in midfield now – that’s his natural position and he’s getting too old for bombing up and down the flanks.” – Kevin David Mac on Facebook.

 

Origi missed a sitter…

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“Can we buy a clinical striker! Origi is so wasteful it’s frustrating.” – Sgtstudge on the forums.

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Firmino earned lots of praise after scoring Liverpool’s penalty…

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)

“Nice skill from Firmino” – Akie Foong on the forums.

 

But fans weren’t happy when they scored…

 

Moreno had another good game at left-back…

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)

“Please keep Alberto Moreno. We finally have two left-footed left-backs. Never put Milner there again.” – Mark Bisig on Facebook.

 

Woodburn made an impact after coming on as a substitute…

“Woodburn. I thought that was Coutinho for a second…Wow!” – The Brazilian Scouser on the forums.

 

And Solanke scored the final goal of the pre-season campaign…

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

“Origi has just been pushed to the 4th striking choice by Solanke today. Looks like an excellent signing.” – Pushan Bhattacharya on Facebook.

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