Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to RB Salzburg wasn’t their ideal next step this pre-season. Harvey Elliott shares exactly how the players took it.
Liverpool played out their final meaningful friendly on Wednesday as they took on RB Salzburg in Austria. The Reds lost 1-0, however, in a game where things just wouldn’t go right for them.
Salzburg managed to hit Liverpool on the counter in the first half for the opener against what was essentially a second-string side from Jurgen Klopp. The stars came on for the final half-hour but couldn’t find a goal, despite dominating the ball.
Some noticed real disappointment on the faces of Klopp and the players at full-time. This wasn’t how things were supposed to go.
But Harvey Elliott insisted after the game that things are fine at Liverpool. In fact, there were plenty of positives to take away and ‘spirits are high’ right now.
“Hopefully we can reflect and work on it in the couple of days that we have leading up to the weekend and make sure we put it right when it matters on the weekend against [Manchester] City,” Elliott told LFCTV.
“Spirits are high in the changing room. It’s not nice losing but a lot of positives to take and at least we got into situations where we could’ve finished the chances off. Let’s hope we can do it on the weekend.”
Liverpool’s Salzburg loss
Yeah, this game wasn’t anything to take much from. Liverpool only put out their best players for that final half hour and were still unlucky not to win this one.
We certainly didn’t notice many concerns while watching the full 90. It was just one of those games and we’d expect a solid win with the best XI out for the game.
And then there’s the fact that Salzburg’s season has actually kicked off. They’re further ahead in their preparation than Liverpool – that will always have an effect in pre-season.
So as Elliott says, it’s easy to just focus on positives from this one. The genuine pre-season test comes on Saturday in the Community Shield – and we can’t wait to see what Klopp will do.