Liverpool FC continued their good form with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in Hong Kong on Wednesday night and the boys were in top spirits afterwards!
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was encouraging to say the least.
The Reds had looked superb against Tranmere exactly a week prior but that attacking fluency and defensive assuredness had been lacking two days later against Wigan.
When the Reds took to a similarly dodgy looking pitch in Hong Kong to take on their first Premier League opposition of this summer’s pre-season, fans had the right to feel a little concerned over the performance they may be treated to.
There were no such worries however, with Jürgen Klopp’s men completing a routine 2-0 victory that on another night could’ve easily been three or four and progressing to the PL Asia Trophy final on Saturday against Leicester.
Jordan Henderson was one of the most impressive players on the park during his 50 minutes of game time and the skipper is feeling good on his return.
“I feel better with each game. Today again I felt much better than the previous two (games). I’ve been working hard in training like the other lads so I feel good,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“We’ve still got a few weeks left in pre-season so hopefully I can keep going on and on.”
The skipper is feeling confident ahead of the new season and believes that new signings or not, the Reds have the squad quality and depth to deal with what promises to be a testing fixture list.
“Yeah, definitely. I think that’s good, coming into the season we’ve got a lot of games so everybody is pushing each other to try to get in that first 11 but as the manager keeps saying it’s not just about that starting 11, it’s about the whole squad and being ready to come in if you’re not starting.
“Competition for places is good, you need that at a top club. You’re going to get injuries throughout the season so you need to make sure the squad’s big enough to cope with that. Everybody’s fighting, everybody’s enjoying playing and hopefully, we can have a successful season.”
Also feeling confident after the match was new boy Dominic Solanke, who netted his first goal for Liverpool Football Club with a superb strike to open the scoring on the hour mark.
“It was a fantastic night for me,” the former Chelsea forward told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The fans were amazing today, they made a great atmosphere, so to get my first goal in these circumstances was amazing. The first two games I came close a couple of times but it was worth the wait.”
The striker has been enjoying his first pre-season under Jürgen Klopp and has welcomed the warm reception he’s received from the dressing room and fan base so far.
“It’s been a really good start to pre-season, getting to know the boys and coming away to Hong Kong,” he added.
“Everyone’s made me feel very welcome, it’s a great bunch of lads. To come away to Hong Kong and to work together to get fit, everyone needs each other, and they’ve made me feel welcome.”
Also on the scoresheet during yesterday’s match up was Divock Origi who found himself well placed for an opportunistic finish after Philippe Coutinho’s initial effort was blocked into his path. The Belgian is hoping to continue improving during pre-season and use it as a way to really ensure his game is launched to another level this season.
“It was a good game, it wasn’t perfect, but in pre-season you have to make steps and it was nice to play today,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I’m making steps. Every training session, every game, I’m feeling better, so now it’s on me to prepare and to be as important as possible for the team.”
The 22-year old also provided the assist for Dominic Solanke’s opener with sumptuous backheeled pass and was satisfied to be heavily involved after a lacklustre opening effort at Wigan last week.
“For me it’s just a matter of trying to enjoy the game and display my qualities,” Origi said.
“Today I enjoyed the game, even if it wasn’t perfect I’m happy to score and help the team and now onto the next game.”