This preseason has been a bit of a mixed bag. It started well with an emphatic win against Tranmere, followed up with a win against Bradford. The Reds then jetted off for the US where results where harder to come by. Back to back losses followed, against Borussia Dortmund and perennial villains Sevilla, and the US Tour finished with a draw against Sporting Lisbon.
The return to the U.K. wasn’t as desired, with the Reds suffering a drubbing at the hands of Napoli. The preseason finished on a win though, with Lyon dispatched in France.
Now all eyes switch to tomorrow’s Community Shield clash against Manchester City, but first here’s The Anfield Talk’s Chris (@EmreCanderson) with a quick reflection on the preseason…
Simon Mignolet- 6/10
Was largely alright apart from one clanger. No real concerns seeing as he won’t play a game this season.
Vitezslav Jaros- N/A
Played a half against Tranmere and was then sidelined with an elbow injury.
Daniel Atherton- 10/10
Filled the Shamal George/Steven Caulker role as the emergency striker against Tranmere and did so with great aplomb. Later made appearances in his natural position in between the sticks.
Andy Lonergan- N/A
Came in to cover a shortage.
Alisson Becker- N/A
Played 60 minutes. Gave away a penalty and got booked. Not the greatest.
Yasser Larouci- 7/10
He’s been impressive this preseason, with some good runs down the left and some good balls into the box. Glad the assault he suffered against Sevilla hasn’t had a lasting impact.
Joe Gomez- 8/10
Has had a good preseason that should stand him in good stead for the season ahead. One particular moment that stood out was when he came out on top in a three-on-one situation against Lyon.
Nathaniel Clyne- 5/10
Bagged a goal against Tranmere and then got injured. In the bin.
Nathaniel Phillips- 6/10
Nothing special from Phillips, who finds himself further down the pecking order with the addition of van den Berg.
Ki-Jana Hoever- 8/10
His preseason has certainly gone well, with him probably doing enough to force himself into the first team set up as backup for Trent Alexander-Arnold. His crossing of the ball has been particularly impressive.
Adam Lewis- 6/10
Decent enough preseason, probably would’ve lined himself up as the backup option for Robertson if it wasn’t for Larouci’s good performances.
Joel Matip- 8/10
Has looked strong at the back. It’s between him and Gomez for who starts alongside van Dijk.
Dejan Lovren- 6/10
He’s had a mixed preseason, with some good performances but also some bad. Typical Degsy.
Liam Millar- N/A
Featured against Bradford. Did alright.
George Johnston- N/A
Played a half against Tranmere. Looked alright.
Virgil van Dijk- 8/10
Has continued like the gargantuan that he is. Had an argument with Klopp.
Sepp van den Berg- N/A
Played about half an hour total. Looked alright.
Trent Alexander-Arnold- 6/10
Has looked generally good. Had a wobble against Napoli but looks to have continued his form from last season.
Andrew Robertson- 7/10
Like Trent, Robertson looks to have picked up from where he left off last season, bombing forward and whipping balls in.
Adam Lallana- 6/10
Played a new role this preseason, playing in the #6 role. Was sidelined with injury for a few games but actually did alright in the new role and I think it could be something to keep in mind going forward.
I really like the idea of a Lallana type player as the #6 against lesser teams when we’ll have the majority of possession
— Chris Anderson 🌹 (@EmreCanderson) July 31, 2019
James Milner- 6/10
Decent from Milner. Has had some poorer moments but you generally know what to expect from Milner by now. Back-to-back lactate test winner.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 7/10
Has looked good, if a little off the pace at times but that to be expected when he’s not played for a year, is playing out of position, and with a load of lads he’s never played with.
Probably the standout player of the preseason, Fabinho has continued last season’s form and is starting strongly again.
Ben Woodburn- 5/10
Average. Has gone out on another loan.
Curtis Jones- 5/10
A goal against Tranmere wasn’t enough to see him break into the first team setup properly, as he was left behind for the Evian training camp.
Georginio Wijnaldum- 7/10
Has featured in the front three at times this preseason, and has done an alright job. Notched a goal against Sporting Lisbon and has one chalked off for offside against Napoli.
Jordan Henderson- 7/10
Has done an alright job since coming back. Nothing too special, nothing to worry about.
Xherdan Shaqiri- N/A
Played 30 minutes. Looked alright.
Naby Keïta- N/A
Played 45 minutes. Looked alright.
Harry Wilson- 7/10
Think he could’ve had a bigger impact this preseason but I’d think he’s probably done enough to earn the opportunity to stay at the club. Popped up with a great long range goal against Lyon.
Rhian Brewster- 9/10
Finished preseason as Liverpool’s top scorer. Looks like he could be a decent option off the bench against some teams.
Ryan Kent- 5/10
Was alright, nothing spectacular. Will probably be sold.
Divock Origi- 8/10
I would love nothing more than to bin him off but he’s got this canny habit of being in the right place at the right time to bag goals.
Bobby Duncan- 6/10
Certainly don’t think he’s done himself a disservice this preseason but I think it’s showed that he’s not quite there yet in terms of breaking into the first team setup.
Paul Glatzel- N/A
Played 30 minutes against Tranmere before being withdrawn with an injury.
Harvey Elliott- 10/10
Sixteen years old and already the greatest player in the squad. What a fella.
Roberto Firmino- N/A
Played 30 minutes. Scored.
Mohamed Salah- N/A
Played 45 minutes. Looked good.