Darwin Nunez made his first Liverpool begin however couldn’t stop his facet from dropping for the second time this pre-season as they misplaced 1-0 to Austrian facet Red Bull Salzburg.
In Liverpool’s last pre-season pleasant before Saturday’s Community Shield in opposition to Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp put out a second-string facet in Austria however began marquee signing Nunez contemporary off his 4 targets in opposition to RB Leipzig last week.
The Uruguay ahead struck the crossbar in a irritating first half for the Reds, which noticed them fall behind on the counter-attack courtesy of one other acquainted identify within the switch window.
Benjamin Sesko, linked to Manchester United and Newcastle within the UK media, swept previous Adrian on the half-hour mark after fantastically bursting previous Ibrahima Konate to start out the assault off.
Nunez was taken off at half-time and Liverpool had a near-full energy facet on 60 minutes and created much more possibilities.
The finest fell to Luis Diaz simply minutes after approaching, with the Colombia worldwide enjoying a one-two with Jordan Henderson before forcing Salzburg goalkeeper Nico Mantl into a very good save.
Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah pressured Mantl into a very good save, before Diaz had a run and completed disallowed for offside.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson all had late efforts however the Austrian facet held on for the victory.
Adrian; Mabaya (Alexander-Arnold 60), Gomez (Van Dijk 60), Konate (Matip 60), Milner (Robertson h/t); Bajcetic (Fabinho 60), Keita (Morton h/t), Jones (Thiago 60); Elliott (Salah 60), Nunez (Firmino h/t), Carvalho (Diaz 60)
Klopp: Darwin wants extra assist ‘It did not really feel like a pleasant’
Klopp lamented the way in which his Liverpool facet began Wednesday night time’s pleasant and known as on his gamers to get near report signing Nunez to be able to be extra threatening up entrance.
“First half, we made too many errors which they may use,” Klopp stated after the game. “We had good moments within the game as nicely, we may have scored 4, 5 targets a minimum of. We did not do this.
“Darwin was alone an excessive amount of, all people dropped off and everybody was then too huge and Darwin was alone within the field. He had his possibilities however he wants extra assist round him to maintain different gamers busy so they do not deal with him. It does not really feel nice however we take it and go from right here.”
Klopp admitted the match didn’t really feel like a pleasant as a result of emotion Salzburg put into the game – and whereas among the Austrian facet’s challenges have been too harsh at instances, he had full respect for the opposition.
“In the primary half, we have been too open, too huge and weren’t linked sufficient. When we misplaced the ball, it was like a freeway with their velocity – particularly while you lose easy passes the place no person can react.
“The last half an hour was like a thunderstorm. We have been like a truck however we did not end them off. It will likely be tremendous. We needed to make numerous modifications however I take that.
“It did not really feel like a pleasant, for Salzburg and us as nicely. Salzburg had these tough challenges however they did very well. All respect to them, generally I did not like their challenges however nothing occurred there I feel.”
Analysis: Which beginning XI spots are up for grabs at Liverpool?
Sky Sports soccer journalist Sam Blitz:
Klopp informed Sky Sports News this week there will likely be no extra switch incomings this summer season, barring any weird circumstances.
If this pleasant in Austria is something to go by, then the Liverpool supervisor, who had a full-strength facet barring Alisson Becker and Kostas Tsimikas, has a transparent first-choice XI and a second string to select from going into the beginning of the season.
Liverpool had extra of a zipper after the hour mark when the large weapons, who might have been saved for Saturday’s Community Shield conflict with Manchester City, got here on to attempt to discover a manner again on this game.
So if there’s a distinction in high quality between the 2 line-ups Klopp fielded in opposition to Salzburg, then the place is the competitors for locations on this Liverpool workforce, with simply over every week to go together with the opening curtain at Fulham?
Well, the primary is clear. Darwin Nunez was by far and away Liverpool’s finest participant within the first half among the many second-string gamers. The Uruguay worldwide used his energy nicely to carry others into play, and pointed in the direction of misfortune through the crossbar and a few last-ditch Salzburg defending as to why he couldn’t add to his 4 targets in Leipzig last week.
It seems like Nunez and Firmino will compete with Diogo Jota for that striker berth, as Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz occupy the wings. But nobody can actually inform as a result of fluidity of Liverpool’s attacking choices.
At the again, Ibrahima Konate was one other brilliant spark and confirmed astute defending at instances, however did look a bit of bullied for Benjamin Sesko’s goal. Him versus Joel Matip within the battle to be Virgil van Dijk’s strike companion will likely be an fascinating tussle.
Liverpool’s midfield three of Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson seems settled with Naby Keita doing little to impress in Austria – however Harvey Elliott stands an opportunity of beginning in opposition to Fulham subsequent week. The 19-year-old began on the wing as soon as once more however got here inside and will take up his midfield function.
Liverpool followers shouldn’t look an excessive amount of into this pre-season pleasant given the actual fact Salzburg have already began their league season so they’re forward of their pre-season and health schedule. But the efficiency of defender Isaac Mabaya will please them, with the 17-year-old getting ahead nicely from right-back.
Liverpool have the Community Shield with Manchester City on Saturday before taking up the Ligue 1 facet RC Strasbourg on Sunday at Anfield.
Expect a lot of the Liverpool squad for use by then, before Jurgen Klopp’s facet open their Premier League season away to Fulham on August 6.