The best photos as Liverpool end pre-season on winning note in Geneva

31 July 2019

A trip to Geneva saw Liverpool a secure a 3-1 win over Lyon to end a four-game run without a victory, on a night when the whole squad was handed game time.


The Reds made the journey to Switzerland from their training base in Evian, France to partake in their seventh and final pre-season friendly of the summer.

The occasion marked the return of five senior figures to the starting XI as Alisson, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita were all included and handed at least 30 minutes of action.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and manager Jürgen Klopp before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Naby Keita before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ligue 1 outfit Lyon awaited Jurgen Klopp’s side at a picturesque Stade de Geneve, but it was not the ideal start Alisson was looking for in between the sticks.

An uncharacteristic fumble and subsequent foul allowed Memphis Depay to convert from the spot in what was a wobbly opening 15 minutes for Liverpool.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds soon found their feet, however, and went on to dominate proceedings—paving the way for Firmino to quickly return to his goalscoring ways.

It was a superb turn and finish from a tight angle which saw him level the scores after some brilliant buildup play from Keita and Shaqiri.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first equalising goal during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A bout of sustained pressure ensured Lyon were now the team on the back foot and the Reds were rewarded for their efforts as Ki-Jana Hoever‘s delivery into the box saw the French side concede an own goal.

The 17-year-old impressed once more in the right-back position after displaying an incredible level of maturity and confidence in his 45-minute outing which helped ensure Liverpool took a 2-1 lead into the break.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp would go on to make a host of changes to his team throughout the second half which would see no player feature for the full 90 minutes.

And Bobby Duncan impressed during his short 15-minute cameo to start the second half, linking up well with Yasser Larouci—on his return to the team after sustaining an injury from a horror tackle in America—before setting up Harry Wilson to seal the game.

The Wales international dispatched a thunderous 25-yard strike into the net, much to his and his team-mates’ delight.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Harry Wilson celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Adam Lallana (L) during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Harry Wilson (2nd from R) celebrates scoring the third goal during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A host of senior faces would then descend onto the field with just under half an hour remaining as a complete change to the XI was ordered.

But it was the Reds’ newest signing Harvey Elliott who caught the eye, with another brief performance full of intent and confidence having been unafraid to throw himself into the contest or unleash an effort on goal.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott (L) and Rhian Brewster during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It proved to be a much-improved performance from Liverpool, individually and as a team, as they showed a level of cohesion which was lacking throughout much of the summer.

Klopp and his team then made their way around the stadium after the final whistle to show their gratitude to the fans who made the journey to Geneva in the final friendly of the summer.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp applauds the supporters after a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah applauds the supporters after a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A Community Shield meeting with Man City now awaits on Sunday before Klopp’s side kick off their Premier League campaign against Norwich on August 9.

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