Although we are playing preseason matches in unusual times, the 2-2 draw against RB Salzburg was a pretty typical preseason friendly. There were some disappointing performances from tired, post-training starters. And there were some exciting performances from youth and fringe players. Perfectly normal.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits that he should have seen this performance coming.
“It obviously didn’t look really good for big parts of the game, I have to admit that. I should or could have known because I know obviously what we did in training,” Kloppo said to the club’s official website.
“I should have known as well because being on the way home, having a game – I don’t think it ever worked for me in my whole career as a manager! I wanted to have problems today, not exactly the problems we had, but I wanted to have problems that we fight against.”
Of course, there were positives as well. In particular, young English striker Rhian Brewster sure knows where the goal is.
“Then when the kids came on, when Millie was on, we didn’t think about the problems we had,” Klopp continued. “We just had to find a few solutions.
“We scored the two goals, super goals from Rhian. The second one was brilliant from him, the first one was brilliant set-up from Taki and Millie. We made it too easy for the two goals they scored, they were of course very easy and gave the game a direction – they were now confident and defended deep and stuff like this.”
Last year, the Reds lost to Dortmund and Sevilla, and then got trounced by Napoli 3-0. They also drew 2-2 to Sporting Lisbon. The season turned out pretty well, in case you don’t recall.
The next test comes against Arsenal in the Community Shield, and then we’re back in action on September 12th.