Liverpool continued their domestic pre-season campaign with a 5-0 rout of Fleetwood Town yesterday.
The first half saw all of Liverpool’s new signing’s make an appearance including Marko Grujic, who missed the game against Fleetwood Town due to work permit complications. He didn’t waste any time catching up, however as he scored a goal on his debut with a deflected shot.
It’s pleasing to see how influential Sadio Mané, is with most of Liverpool’s attacks in the first half coming through the Senegal international. The second 45 minutes saw the introduction of Liverpool’s most promising youngsters and they finished of Fleetwood in style.
Jürgen Klopp, as usual, downplayed the importance of a win over a League One side – who he actually thought were a League Two side:
“But we have to work, that’s clear. I saw a few good things, chances we created and a few good defensive actions, and good individual performances from one or two players.
“In the first half especially, I was not happy with the team play. Because we could have done better and we should try to do better. In a game like this, if the only situations you have are because of the individual quality of the player then something is wrong.”
It speaks volumes that the only person who is unhappy with a 5-0 win is our manager. Klopp is the sort of coach who would rather have a 1-0 win and play as close to perfect as possible rather than win 5-0 and not perform to the maximum.
Klopp was also asked about Marko Grujic’s debut:
“He is still a young lad – he is 20 years old and that means there is a lot to develop physically and, of course, in the football parts. But it was absolutely OK.
“They all can play football, that’s really good to see. He scored a goal in his first game in the first situation – it’s a dream. You saw it, in a friendly game not often a player celebrates like him but obviously it was a big moment. It was nice to see.”
There was also mention about 16 year-old Ben Woodburn who scored his first senior Liverpool goal:
“He’s a natural offensive player. It’s nice to see, really nice to see. I had a long talk to Alex Inglethorpe and sang the big songs about the boys because they trained great and it’s really good to have them around.”