6 seems to be a prominent number in Liverpool’s recent history as the reds promptly dispatched Tranmere by 6 goals to nil in their opening pre-season game.
Goals from Nathaniel Clyne, Curtis Jones, Divock Origi, Bobby Duncan and a brace from Rhian Brewster ensured Jurgen Klopp’s side got their pre-season off to a flyer.
Due to a depleted squad, a number of youngsters started the game. Players such as Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Rhian Brewster looked to impress from the beginning. They were helped with senior figures such as James Milner and Adam Lallana.
Young left-back Yasser Larouci was also given his first start in the senior team. The 17-year-old impressed many inside the ground with his swashbuckling runs from the full back position.
Liverpool dominated the early stages and went ahead on the 6-minute mark. A pass out wide from Rhian Brewster found Nathaniel Clyne and the England international made no mistake in lashing the ball past Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal.
Tranmere rarely threatened in the first half, testing Simon Mignolet only once. The Belgian returned from his post-season holiday yesterday.
Rhian Brewster grabbed his first two goals as a first team player in a 7-minute period before the interval. The first was set up by Harry Wilson who got on the end of a James Milner cross and put it back across goal, allowing Brewster to head into an open net.
His second came after Milner forced Scott Davies into a smart save down to his left but the Tranmere keeper could do nothing to stop Brewster forcing home the rebound.
It can certainly be seen why there is such a buzz surrounding Brewster as some of the link-up play with Wilson, Kent and Lallana was a joy to watch in the first period.
Last season, Liverpool fans had become accustomed to seeing wholesale changes in pre-season and tonight was no exception. The second half side was the younger of the two with academy starlets Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel coming on alongside Ki-Jana Hoever, Adam Lewis, George Johnston and Ben Woodburn.
Joe Gomez, Fabinho and Champions League hero Divock Origi also came on for the second half.
Liverpool’s fourth came through Curtis Jones. Ben Woodburn clipped a cross to the back post and Jones found himself in oceans of space to bounce the ball over Davies.
This was a theme throughout the whole game as Liverpool players found themselves in too much space around the Tranmere penalty area.
Divock Origi continued his goal scoring form from last season by scoring The Reds’ fifth of the evening. In what was the same combination from the Champions League final, Joel Matip found Origi, who expertly took it down and rounded the keeper to a rapturous reception from the Liverpool’s fans inside the ground.
Bobby Duncan completed Liverpool’s scoring for the night on the 67th minute. Ki-Jana Hoever beat 2 Tranmere defenders and found Paul Glatzel. Glatzel was arguably fouled but the ball fell to Duncan who slotted the ball home.
Tranmere’s Danny Walker-Rice thought he’d scored a consolation goal, only for it to be ruled out for offside. Replays showed that he was marginally offside.
Glatzel’s evening ended early following a challenge from Emmanuel Monthe. He was replaced by Dan Atherton, a goalkeeper in Liverpool’s academy setup who put a decent shift in up front for the remaining 12 minutes.
A solid start to the pre-season campaign for Liverpool. With important senior figures getting minutes and youngsters being given a chance to impress, The Red’s looked to have kept their form from Madrid going.
Next up is Bradford on Sunday afternoon before jetting off to the USA for the pre-season tour.