Liverpool‘s first pre-season friendly ended in a massive victory for the Reds as we defeated Chester 7-0 at the Deva Stadium.
All eyes were on our two new signings but Jurgen Klopp decided to switch the players around as each half saw 11 different players take the field.
It was Fabinho who started the first-half while Naby Keita came on in the second half. The first half saw two goals come in from Harry Wilson as the youngster continued his great form from last season where he scored for fun at Hull City.
The second half saw a lot more action as James Milner, who was captaining the side in the second half, stroked home a penalty just after the start of the half.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 7, 2018
Daniel Sturridge scored the fourth goal of the game as Naby Keita closed down space to win the ball and help the Englishman score.
Four quickly became five as Ryan Kent bagged a goal too. Another striker that has not had a great time at Liverpool after Sturridge was Danny Ings but even he got a goal for the Reds before Sturridge wrapped up the win with an incredible finish.
While this is just a pre-season fixture, it does seem like the players are hungry and want to fight for their starting berths.
Twitter was also ablaze with a lot of Liverpool fans sharing their reactions to the win and here are some of the best.
And the Wc
— Jozza (@Official_Jozza) July 7, 2018
Announce Premier League title
— Evan 🇭🇷 (@SKC_Evan) July 7, 2018
Disappointed you didn’t even score 10. Do better next time
— LOVREN STAN 😃 🇭🇷 (@sunnylfc8) July 7, 2018
Wilson needs to play next season, he’s way too good to be on loan
— christian (@CAI96I) July 7, 2018
I think Naby Keita was MOTM but that is my opinion 🙂
— Truelsen (@Truelsen_2k) July 7, 2018
Stars getting minutes, hungry teens getting chanses…and then there was Sturridge..I’ts all good 💥👊🏻🔴
— Michael Hamann (@michaelhamann) July 7, 2018
Hope this is not a shooting practice
— Austin Molar (@molar_austin) July 7, 2018
Liverpool are going to win the world cup!!! pic.twitter.com/bxcO3yA4cM
— Mbaku (@Mbaku12964096) July 7, 2018
— Kojonizer 🇬🇭 (@JonMesante) July 7, 2018
Champions league incoming.
— Milan (@FirminosTeeth_) July 7, 2018
Karius clean sheet
— Minas Vergis (@MinasLfc) July 7, 2018
Not 8, disappointed
— Haydn (@haydnstpierre1) July 7, 2018
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.
The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:
“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.
“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.
“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”
Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.
The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.
The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.
Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.
Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:
“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.
“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”
Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.
The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.
“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”
Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.
We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.
It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.
Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.
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