12th July 2017
Jürgen Klopp declared himself satisfied with his side’s workout and performance as Liverpool recorded a 4-0 win at Tranmere Rovers in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.
The Reds struck twice in each half to secure victory at Prenton Park on Wednesday night, with goals coming from James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn.
Klopp elected to give 22 players a runout as his men took to the field for the first time in 2017-18 – and afterwards, spoke of his contentment with the display.
Read on for a transcript of the manager’s post-match press conference…
On how tonight’s squad compares to the one he brought to Tranmere for a friendly last summer…
The squad I had here last year was the first game [of pre-season] and not a lot of players were involved – all of the national players because there was a tournament – so I cannot compare the squads. I don’t think that makes a lot of sense. I was happy with the squad I had today; first half with a little bit more experience and second half with the young players. It looked good – as good as possible after around about eight days of training and I really enjoyed watching it. The first half started really well, then it looked a little bit more stiff – a few players were looking a little bit for their role, their position and all that stuff. Second half, surprisingly it looked fresher and that’s good – it was more flexible and a little bit more fluent. Both halves were good, we scored good goals and could have scored more. It was good.