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Pre-match: Liverpool v Dortmund/Sevilla/Sporting

Dutch

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Now come home and have a proper training camp away from all the media and fans.
 

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Interesting watching Bruno Fernandes today (my time). On the basis of only seeing him play today for the first time and...... in a preseason friendly (insightful analysis,haha), i really liked what i saw.
He looked like he could be a good fit for us out on the left as a wide forward.
Looked like he could play as a CAM too.
Oh well. Dream on.

https://www.reddit.com/r/LiverpoolFC/comments/chhmcj I know Jurgen likes just the occasional hug,but this photo just messes with my head.
 

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Yeah, Fernandes played well, very energetic and quality in both ways, MOTM. I don't see us going for him however, that interest has already been rejected a few times. Performance was so-so. Some good spells in possession, switching sides well, but also leaking between the lines and in defence. Mignolet with a terrible mistake. Then we got angrier and started moving the ball well. Gini had a good performance, movement off the ball got him constantly into goalscoring positions. Although typical Gini, almost wasted his shot when he scored, he had the first post open for a cleaner shot. Fernandes made an excellent last ditch block on him just a minute or two later. Hendo was also good, moved the ball accurately. Fabinho was weak, turned his back to the challenge in that chance when Sporting hit the post. Millie wasn't at his best either. Mignolet reacted well however, a combination of a few good saves and coming out/interceptions, because their counter attack was good and in numbers when we lost the ball in attack. Matip showed a bit of weakness, as did Trent in that action when we conceded. It was nice to see Berg, funny how he immediately took over the LCB position and we shifted Lovren to RCB.

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Billy Biskix

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This tour just felt a little bit too intense. Too many games too quickly. Pre-season preparations were never going to be as good this year as last simply because of the number of absentees, but we are not in the greatest of shape with just 2 weeks to go to the start of the season and it must be a concern for JK. Both Keita and Shaqiri, two players who need big seasons, haven't played at all. Clyne fucked for months and now Ox with a calf strain. I was going to say his form and fitness was one of the high points of the tour but even that's been thrown into doubt.

We were OK in the first half last night with a relatively strong line-up. I'm not sure we've learnt much about some of the younger lads. Brewster for sure will be good but I haven't seen much from the others to suggest they are going to have much impact yet outside of the early rounds of the Carabao or FA Cup.

JK will probably be glad this is all over. Good PR exercise and a chance for US fans to see us in the flesh but it's been a slog. I am hoping that we might see some slightly sharper performances against Napoli and Lyon.
 

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Very disappointed in this Pre Season, just an all round mess imo. I fully appreciate that fans around the world are delighted to get the chance to see us play, but the fans in the USA can't be too happy with what they saw this month, same way that the players and Klopp will not be pleased with their showing. I am just so relieved that we have come away with minimal injuries, the pitches were so not good enough for top ranking European clubs to play on - last night was a joke, the pitch was that small (I know, legally so) that it always looked too crowded. It was tough to see who was playing well and who was dire, there were so many on screen at any time to fathom out what was going on.

There are loads of full blown, proper football (OK, if you must - soccer) stadiums in the US, please can we use those next time?

Sorry USA, you really did deserve better, maybe in a year without continental summer tournaments you'd get to see all our top players. I know how strong the following for LFC is in North America, I've seen first hand how whole malls will empty into refreshment zones because an LFC match is being shown live there - that made me feel so dammed proud!

I guess the remaining PS matches will be extra vital now for Klopp to see what he has or hasn't - seeing him angry and shouty last night was worrying. Oh, final point - 1/2 a cup? Really? Surely it could have gone to penalties! Who the freak wants 1/2 a cup!
 

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Yeah, Fernandes played well, very energetic and quality in both ways, MOTM. I don't see us going for him however, that interest has already been rejected a few times. Performance was so-so. Some good spells in possession, switching sides well, but also leaking between the lines and in defence. Mignolet with a terrible mistake. Then we got angrier and started moving the ball well. Gini had a good performance, movement off the ball got him constantly into goalscoring positions. Although typical Gini, almost wasted his shot when he scored, he had the first post open for a cleaner shot. Fernandes made an excellent last ditch block on him just a minute or two later. Hendo was also good, moved the ball accurately. Fabinho was weak, turned his back to the challenge in that chance when Sporting hit the post. Millie wasn't at his best either. Mignolet reacted well however, a combination of a few good saves and coming out/interceptions, because their counter attack was good and in numbers when we lost the ball in attack. Matip showed a bit of weakness, as did Trent in that action when we conceded. It was nice to see Berg, funny how he immediately took over the LCB position and we shifted Lovren to RCB.
Spot on assessment Zoran, start to finish aree 100%. Only 2 things to add for me...I've seen some people be a little harsh with Ox this preseason calling him 'inconsistent' but I don't agree at all. Truthfully I couldn't be happier with his compete level. And his assist last night was flat out ridiculous. It's a huge mental hurdle to come back from such a serious injury (and that's to say nothing of the intense physical rehabilitation) and IMO Ox looks great.

The one surprise for me is Joe Gomez. I'm not sure if he's on his own match fitness plan but he's been completely out of step with the rest of his mates. I give him the benefit of the doubt, he too is working his way back from injury but that doesn't excuse his half baked work effort. Starting in the Tranmere match all the way through last night. And he will want to burn the game film from the Sevilla match because he was run ragged. Just appears very unfocused and bumbling.
 

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Glad that the PR and marketing exercice is over. It cost us quite harshly with some bad injuries. Hopefully we will be spared from bad injuries for a time now.

Back to football (difficult game against Napoli) and then some proper, hard pre-season training in Evian. The weather should be perfect for this next week.
 

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Decent tour I would think... not comfortable, but heat training does have some benefits to building endurance.

Injuries are obviously unfortunate, especially the one to Larouci, but I think we will be fine. He'll be back in a few weeks.
 

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Not sure how many times LFC Tv told me it was a success.....

Injuries, having one team try and break our legs and all that time playing on Baseball fields. Not a success in a million years. Though a nice holiday for the commentator and Jason McAteer I guess.
Commercially, I suppose it was a success. The games themselves were non-events, and Sevilla’s antics in particular were a disgrace

Klopp has described next week as ‘his week’ with the players, so I think he knew he just had to grin and bear this trip.