3 things we learned from Liverpool vs Athletic Club

Liverpool took on Athletic Club today in their penultimate pre-season friendly before the new season begins.

The Reds drew 1-1 in what was a good run out for the side.

Here are three things we learned from the game.

Fans make the difference

Wow, how we missed a full (or near-full) Anfield.

Despite the ticket issues that forced kick-off to be delayed, it was worth the wait for the lucky 40,000 or so that were in attendance.

While the game was not the most important or most exciting, it was Liverpool FC kicking a ball around in front of their home fans. What more could you want?

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There is no denying how much the spectators added to the spectacle of the game.

Of all the teams around, nobody missed their fans quite like Liverpool.

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I think that everyone watching was stirred by that first You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Hopefully, we will never have to see an empty Anfield again.

Jota could be undroppable

This guy just does not miss. What a genius signing Diogo Jota looks to be.

Another game, another goal, another very impressive performance.

We were not sure whether he was better as a 9 or on the wing, but he looks to be making the central role his own.

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Roberto Firmino could have an impossible job trying to regain his place from the Portugal star.

Jota may not have the same link-up ability as the Brazilian, but he does the same pressing role and, crucially, is a much better finisher.

We know it’s pre-season. But the 24-year-old’s goal record since joining the club is truly outrageous.

Firmino may have a better chance of dislodging Sadio Mane than he does Jota.

Harvey Elliott is ready to make an impact

If there is one thing we can take from this pre-season, it’s that Harvey Elliott is ready to play for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp surprised us all by playing Elliott in midfield this summer, which continued again today.

We expected the 18-year-old to be part of the squad as an option in the front three.

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That could still be the case, but it looks like he will be trusted in midfield going into the new season.

Against Athletic Club, Elliott was positionally excellent for Liverpool, while he also showed some outstanding footwork in tight areas. Not to mention his silky passing ability.

He did play off the right for a bit in the second half and absolutely walloped the woodwork with a fantastic effort on goal.

Long story short, the kid has a big future.

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