James Nalton 12 July 2017
Liverpool sauntered to a 4-0 win in their first pre-season game of 2017/18, barely breaking sweat as they saw off Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday night.
Tranmere Rovers 0-4 Liverpool
Pre-Season Friendly, Prenton Park
July 12, 2017
Goals: Milner 34′ (pen), Grujic 44′, Chirivella 50′, Woodburn 78′ (pen)
A Game of 2 Halves and 1 System
As was the case with this fixture last season, Klopp fielded different teams in each half.
The only difference here was that Loris Karius remained in goal for most of the match, before being replaced by Kamil Grabara with around 25 minutes to go.
But despite the changes in personnel, the formation remained the same as Klopp stuck with the 4-3-3 which was used for the majority of the last campaign.
Two slightly staggered central attacking midfielders played in front of a holding player, while up front the wide players offered a mixture of pace and creativity.
One noticeable aspect of the team’s play in both halves was the interchanging of positions among the front five. Wingers would find themselves in midfield or in the striker position, and the central players would sometimes fill in out wide.
The full-backs would join the midfield when attacking rather than overlapping every time, and midfielders regularly found their way into the box.
There were encouraging signs that little work is needed on a system which was honed last season, and the players just need to find their fitness and polish their skills before the season starts in a month’s time.