Archive for July, 2017

Liverpool 2 Leicester 1 [PL Asia Trophy]

Jürgen finally wins a trophy so let’s rejoice.  The game against Leicester was typical of a pre-season game.  The first half was something akin to entertaining with three decent goals and some good football from both sides.  Our attacking play at times was sublime although maybe we did occasionally try to overdo the simple things but that’s nit picking I suppose.  Salah’s goal was the result of quality football and the finish oozed class.  As for Coutinho’s strike, well we’ve seen it all before and hopefully we’ll see it again – just hope those pesky rumour spreaders go away.  Of course what quality we have in attack we don’t have at the back and more sloppy defending that must have Jürgen pulling his hair out gave Leicester the opportunity to get a cross in that was headed home in good style but it’s the same old story, our defence is just one step away from a problem.  The second half was in total contrast to the first and although we gave Leicester a couple of sights of our goal we basically controlled the game but never looked like scoring although Grujic did go close.  Too many changes and they’re happening all the time so there’s rarely any flow.  I can’t remember Sturridge even having a genuine sniff at around the penalty area.  However, that’s what these sorts of games are like but at the finish we did win a trophy, the Hong Kong Liverpool masses seemed happy enough and if anyone could decipher Jürgen’s after match comments get in touch.

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Liverpool 2 Crystal Palace 0 [Asia Trophy]

Before the wonderfully named Premier League Asia Trophy got started I got the impression Jürgen looked and sounded like someone who’d planned to go to the South of France but had to make do with a week in Southport during the rainy season.  Instead of the usual pre-season training most of the time seemed spent watching the rain falling.  When the game against our latest bogey side got underway the pitch had already been played on in the opener between Leicester and WBA so there’s always the thought in the back of the mind about players getting knocks; especially the fragile ones but thankfully Daniel Sturridge and company got through seeming unscathed.  Even though these are only gloried practice matches were the result is meaningless if you don’t win but a confidence booster if you do, I was concerned when I saw Moreno still in a Liverpool shirt – yet another new one.  The first half wasn’t much to get excited about and that’s one thing I didn’t do – get excited but the second half was slightly better mainly because we scored twice.  Dom Solanke’s effort would have been worthy of a song of joy at any level and Origi was in the right place at the right time to seal a place in the final – more songs of joy.  I think the younger lads show more in these games than those who know they’re in the reckoning and Woodburn in the first half certainly caught the eye as did Ryan Kent on a couple of occasions in the second.  Thought Grujic was doing his best to get sent off but that apart a bit more pleasing on the eye than the Wigan show.  It must have also been hard for some of the squad to cope with a Crystal Palace team trying to play football!  Leicester in the final on Sunday!  Will Jürgen’s Cup Final luck finally change?


Wigan 1 Liverpool 1

Wigan Piers: The days when every player reported for pre-season training at the same time have long gone and from what I gather Emre Can has only just started his holiday and is probably negotiating the price of a sun bed instead of talking a new contract.  The news that Mohamed Salah would get a run at Wigan probably meant even more travellers made the short trip to the Rugby League capital of, er Wigan.  The turnout was around 13,000 – more than Wigan got for a Rugby League game the night before – and most of the crowd were Liverpool fans.  They got to see Salah score right on halftime to level the game up but apart from that it was typical match practice stuff with the second half being somewhat less exciting than the first.  A one-all draw was about right.  I know they say it’s all about fitness but if anybody at Anfield or in Boston thinks we can get by with a make do and mend defence again when the real stuff starts I hoped they watched this because we can’t and the clock is beginning to tick.  I think there’s a bit of frustration around and not only amongst the support.

Tranmere 0 Liverpool 4

The Redmen made a waterway pilgrimage to Prenton Park to play the nearly boys from the National League.  In case confusion reigns, Tranny nearly won promotion back to the big time of what was in old money, The Fourth Division.  I like pre-season friendlies as a rule because we get a few new and/or obscure grounds to go to, but alas, not this year.  Tranny and Wigan were on the menu last season.  The other good thing about pre-season friendlies is we get to see some of the Academy/Under 23 players strutting their stuff in front of bigger crowds than they’re used to even though games have now become about twenty-five per side with the bus drivers taking their kit just in case.  And this was probably the biggest crowd Tranny will get this season.  There’s usually the chance to see the raft of new signings making their bow but unfortunately only Dominic Solanke this time.  Funny how the ‘bigger names’ seemed to be just strolling around in the early evening sunshine but the ‘second half’ side buzzed around for a bit.  Impressed by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the first half and Ryan Kent in the second.  A 4-0 win, so bring on Wigan!!!