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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!!!

CLOSE SEASON Part 3

Good Afternoon

At last a biggish money signing has been spotted with his pen at the ready close to the dotted line.  Mohamed Salah has certainly taken the long route to Anfield being as we were gazumped by Chelsea a few years back.  Hopefully it will be a case of ‘Better late than never’.  We can also hope he’s the first of a few new faces; a couple of defenders and a midfield general ala Mascherano would be on my wish list – plus a genuine quality ‘keeper if not to replace Mignolet, then at least to push him.  Still not convinced by Karius and Ward rightly wants to play so another year at Huddersfield wouldn’t be the worst thing for him.

No departures of note although Napoli have supposedly offered £11m for Alberto Moreno, the rumour is the club said no, personally I’d have bitten their hand off.

Disappointing news on the pre-season fixture front is the games against Tranmere and Wigan are set for a Wednesday and Friday night and that makes getting too them difficult regards travel.  Added to this there’s no game at Anfield so unfortunately we won’t be bringing out a pre-season issue of RED ALL OVER THE LAND meaning ISSUE 234 will now come out at the opening game of the season down Watford way.

The Under 23 squad will play a couple of pre-season matches at the Coombe Abbey stadium in Nuneaton where there will be a six-team tournament with PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, Wolves, Coventry and Nuneaton Town taking part.  Liverpool start with a game on Saturday July 29th against Coventry City and kick off is scheduled for 2-30pm.  The following day, Sunday July 30th the Redmen face PSV and again kick off is scheduled for 2-30.

With three games taking place on each day, tickets for the whole weekend are priced at £40 for adults and £15 for Under 16s. There is also a special one-day ticket price of £25.  We’ll try and keep you posted.  Obviously several players who would normally feature in the Under 23 side will probably be away with the First team squad as they undertake another world tour but nevertheless there should be some good talent on view over the weekend.

If anyone goes to any of the games anywhere in the world feel free to send in any photographs [even selfies on this occasion] and/or comments and we’ll gladly feature them in the Fanzine.

Coming soon to RED ALL OVER THE LAND will be our HAPPY NEW SEASON cards which are currently at the design stage and should be available in a couple of weeks time.

We are always on the lookout for new contributors to the Fanzine and we’d be as happy as Jürgen when we score a last minute winner if we had a few more sellers dotted around the vast surrounds of Anfield.  You can supplement your match day costs simply by coming along and shouting, “RED ALL OVER THE LAND only £2”.  It’s actually fun!  If anyone fancies helping with anything to do with RED ALL OVER THE LAND from any of the mentioned to the design, the content, how to improve the website or has any ideas feel free to get in touch.  The email address is redallovertheland@gmail.com.  If there’s anything you want us to publicise on the site you only have to ask.

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