Liverpool ended their pre-season in impressive fashion. In their final friendly game, the Reds defeated another tough side, this time it was Athletic Bilbao of Spain.
We have been great so far this pre-season and have only tasted defeat in the penalty shoot-out against Atletico Madrid in the Audi Cup. This time too we started off brightly as Roberto Firmino scored from the penalty spot.
Bilbao equalized via a player that has often been linked with a move to us, Inaki Williams. The second half saw a lot of changes in the side as Jurgen Klopp kept an eye on the first game against Watford.
The changes worked a treat as first Ben Woodburn scored a brilliant goal before Dominic Solanke scored another goal and continued his streak up front since moving from Chelsea.
We did have a lot of other chances to score with Ryan Kent and Sadio Mane looking great once again. We also played Andrew Robertson as left-back with James Milner getting a run out in midfield for once.
There were some concerns regarding Dejan Lovren but all in all, this was a pretty great pre-season and we do look good, at least in attack, as the league starts in less than a week and also have to face Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifiers.
For now, the fans seem to be pleased and here are some of the best reactions from the Twitter folk;
Dominic Solanke’s pre-season stats #LFC
He has been directly involved in a goal every 62 minutes pic.twitter.com/uetdRtZ07p
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) August 5, 2017
Positives from the preseason for our young players really. Kent, Woodburn, Grujic, TAA, Solanke have all been superb… #LFC
— Phil Coutinho (@LfcNo10) August 5, 2017
Dom Solanke is what #LFC hoped Andy Carroll and Chris Benteke would be.
A mobile target-man.
Thunder and lightning, very very frightening.
— Srijandeep Das (@srijandeep) August 5, 2017
Goals scored 19.
Goals against 4. pic.twitter.com/yhYDUSAMVG
— AnfieldUrchin (@AnfieldUrchin) August 5, 2017
— LFCU23s&U18s (@LFCU23sU18s) August 5, 2017
I’m not getting ahead of myself based on 80 mins of a pre-season friendly, but Ragnar Klavan is clearly the best winger in the world. #lfc
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) August 5, 2017
If #LFC had paid £40m for a striker and he had the same pre-season as Solanke we would be buzzing our collective tits off.
— Paul J Machin (@ThePaulMachin) August 5, 2017
— Marco (@MerseysideMarco) August 5, 2017
Half-time #LFC v Bilbao summary:
Klopp: “Play Fucking Football”
Fans: “Sign Virgil van Dijk!”
Lovren: “No to both!”
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) August 5, 2017
— Anfield Press (@AnfieldPress) August 5, 2017
— LFC Photo (@LFCphoto) August 5, 2017