Liverpool produced another useful exercise as they came away from their second 60-minute friendly against Bologna with a 1-0 win, as Takumi Minamino scored again.
Liverpool 1-0 Bologna
60-minute Pre-Season Friendly; Evian, France
August 5, 2021
Minamino 14′ (assist – Shaqiri)
After a routine 2-0 victory over a lethargic Bologna in the first of two friendlies, a new-look Liverpool side took to the field for another hour in Evian.
It was a side full of fringe figures and the likes of Curtis Jones and Kostas Tsimikas were clearly eager to impress in the opening stages, while it took Minamino less than quarter of an hour to make his mark.
Latching onto a wonderful pass from Xherdan Shaqiri to perfectly beat the offside trap, the Japanese hit it first time on the turn and volleyed into the back of the net for 1-0.
Tsimikas was bright on the left flank, and he should have finished the first half with an assist as he bent in a brilliant cross for Firmino, who was unable to convert the header.
HT: Liverpool 1-0 Bologna
It was a brilliant outside-of-the-boot pass from Gordon that sparked the first big chance of the half, with Tsimikas’ fierce drive kept out after a nice interchange.
The quality was certainly lower than in the first of the two friendlies, but the second hour was still a useful one for Liverpool, as a number of players strengthened their case for the campaign ahead.
Liverpool: Alisson (Adrian 31′); N.Williams (Woodburn 43′), Konate, Gomez (Phillips 43′), Tsimikas (Beck 43′); Fabinho (Clarkson 31′), Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Shaqiri (Gordon 31′), Minamino, Firmino (Origi 31′)
Subs not used: N/A
Next Match: Athletic Club – Pre-Season Friendly – Sunday, August 8, 4pm (BST)