Here are three Liverpool players who impressed vs RB Salzburg as the Reds lost 1-0 – and three who failed to. Things just wouldn’t land for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool just couldn’t get the better of RB Salzburg on Wednesday evening. The team conceded a first-half strike and failed to hit back, despite several half chances throughout the game.
This wasn’t one where everyone impressed, then. Some players managed to catch the eye but some struggled to make a mark. Could that be enough to settle Jurgen Klopp’s selection for Saturday?
Liverpool players vs RB Salzburg
Bajcetic certainly isn’t going to start in the Community Shield but he had another good showing here as a holding midfielder. He’s quick to tackle, presses very well and always show for the ball – you’d never think he was still only 17.
Of course, Bajcetic isn’t perfect and his work with the ball could improve. But then, he’s a teenager still learning the game. Give him time and it’s clear that the Serbian could become a special player.
Milner filled in at left-back after Kostas Tsimikas pulled out of the team on late notice. The vice-captain gave everyone a reminder of what he can do, though, with an all-action display from the left.
The veteran looks incredibly sharp right now and up for the fight. Again, we wouldn’t have him down as a starter on Saturday but Milner will undoubtedly get on the pitch.
The Spaniard also looks incredibly sharp right now – possibly the sharpest in the squad. Thiago’s passing range is right on the money, he’s getting about the pitch quickly and simply looks ready to hurt teams.
We’re excited, then, as Thiago was sensational at times last season. He could start this one with a bang.
Jones is a very strange player right now – he simultaneously looked sharp and off his game here. The Scouser is busy off the ball and constantly moving. At the same time, some of his touches and decision-making were slow.
It’s a big season for Jones and one where he can make a name for himself. We’re not sure he’s quite sharp enough for Saturday, though.
It’s maybe a bit harsh to include Konaté here as he’s certainly having a decent pre-season. He’s looking good in training and firmly competing for a starting XI spot.
But the Frenchman should have done better for the goal here. He was turned too quickly and such a mistake could be enough to cost him his place in the XI against City.
Again, we’re being harsh here but Firmino was uncharacteristic with a mistake against Salzburg. Liverpool should have got a goal back in the second half as Luis Diaz found the net, only to be offside.
He shouldn’t have been, though. Firmino delayed his pass to the onrushing winger and if he had sent it earlier, Liverpool would have had their goal. No, it’s not much but it feels like a sign that maybe the Brazilian isn’t quite at his sharpest.