Liverpool fought back from two goals down against RB Salzburg to salvage a draw during the final match of the Reds’ pre-season tour of Austria.
Rhian Brewster came off the bench to score twice for Liverpool – his third goal in two games – as Jurgen Klopp’s youngsters proved the difference against the Austrian champions.
Liverpool were the masters of their own undoing in the first half after sloppiness in possession and individual errors gifted Salzburg striker Patson Daka with two goals inside 15 minutes.
Despite the result, Klopp will undoubtedly be happy following the spirit and unity demonstrated by his the youngsters and rotational players to rescue a result.
Liverpool’s senior stars were sloppy from the off. The defensive line and midfield looked tired and is was glaringly apparent that this was the Reds’ second pre-season match in comparison to Salzburg’s fifth – who were much sharper and far more organised in the first half.
Still, the Reds managed to leave Austria with something tangible to show from their efforts. Liverpool have had to fit more into one pre-season camp than at any point in Klopp’s five-year tenure.
Rustiness and mistakes are inevitable at this stage, the guts and guile on display to respond showcases that motivation for next year remains the same.
This was not the usual retreat for Liverpool and still they have showcased numerous physical gains in just a 10-day period.
Getting up to full match sharpness in such a short amount of time is impossible, but the experience gained from a fully charged Salzburg side will certainly have helped Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal.
The tempo and speed of the opponent was something Liverpool clearly weren’t used to following Saturday’s procession against Salzburg.
It was a reminder of how quickly the ball must move; shape must be maintained and the physical and mental drain expected from this season.
Ultimatley it was a tough day for Klopp’s team, but one that will undoubtedly serve them for the better in the short, medium, and long term.
Following the match, a number of Liverpool’s young guns took to social media to showcase their delight and hunger ahead of the new season.
Brewster highlighted the satisfaction received from scoring in those famous red colours as well as the benefits from more minutes in the tank ahead of the weekend bout at Wembley.
He received praise from both club-captain Jordan Henderson as well as midfield maestro Fabinho.
Curtis Jones also took to Instagram after coming off the bench in the second half to make a positive impact against Salzburg. The academy graduate was quick to remind supporters that the team are ready for the new season.
Neco Williams also reacted on social media following his second consecutive start in pre-season.
Another Liverpool appearance was also rewarded with a call-up to the Wales national team after Ryan Giggs confirmed the 19-year-old in his upcoming squad on Tuesday.
Billy Koumetio was one of the main talking points following his impressive audition against Stuttgart at the weekend.
The 17-year-old powerhouse came off the bench again to partner Nat Phillips in the final 30 minutes of the match before taking to Instagram to showcase his delight in what has been an outstanding pre-season campaign from Koumetio.
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