Jack Lusby 14 July 2017
Liverpool endured a more difficult evening away to Wigan Athletic on Friday, but Jurgen Klopp‘s side still showed plenty of positives in their 1-1 draw.
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Liverpool
Pre-Season Friendly, DW Stadium
July 14, 2017
Goals: Gilbey 29′; Salah 45+1′
Woodburn’s Midfield Audition Continues
For the second time in as many games, Ben Woodburn lined up as part of Klopp’s three-man midfield, with the Welshman showcasing his versatility.
Woodburn is typically considered a forward, and has spent much of his time under Klopp so far operating out wide, but these cameos in the middle of the park could hint at a future role.
The 17-year-old was happy to drift around, often taking up duties as the deep-lying midfielder while Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum pushed forward, though he was sometimes slack with his passing.
It remains a work in progress for Woodburn, but given his flexibility he should have plenty of opportunities this season.
Having coped well over a combined 90 minutes in midfield, the youngster may be earmarked for a lengthier stint at some point over the course of the summer.
Salah’s Pace Adds Much-Needed Dimension
Despite both Lallana and Philippe Coutinho also returning to the side after their extended break this summer, the focus in the buildup to Friday’s trip to the DW Stadium was on Mohamed Salah.
The Egypt winger, Liverpool’s record signing, arrives with great expectation on his shoulders, and over 45 minutes he showed glimpses of what he can provide.