Jurgen Klopp fielded two different XIs in each half again, with the second lineup proving far the more impressive than the first.
First-half XI: Karius; Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Milner, Lallana, Woodburn; Ojo, Origi, Solanke
Second-half XI: Karius; Gomez, Phillips, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Jones; Camacho, Markovic, Sturridge
The first half was an extremely dull affair, with the main talking point Adam Lallana‘s very 00s haircut.
Halftime saw Keita, Sturridge and – remarkably – Lazar Markovic among the new XI.
Markovic was lively on the left side of attack and linked up well with Sturridge in particular. Arguably he was more impressive than either of Divock Origi or Dominic Solanke have been this pre-season.
It was Markovic who opened the scoring, finishing well after a lovely through ball from Sturridge – who continued to impress.
Sturridge grabbed the second himself with a lovely little finish after some brilliant work by Keita. The Guinean midfielder won the ball high up the pitch then played a delightful ball through, showing Reds fans exactly the qualities they can look forward to this season.
Keita really was the standout performer and those who perhaps weren’t yet aware of his talent will be realising it soon.
Direct running from deep in midfield and at speed is something that isn’t often seen but Keita delivers it in abudance, plus plenty more.
The Reds’ first game in the States is against Klopp’s former side, Borussia Dortmund, in North Carolina on Sunday evening (9pm UK).