Liverpool kicked off the Asia leg of their pre-season pleasant schedule by thrashing Leicester 4-0 in Singapore.
With the marketing campaign correct edging nearer, the Reds produced their most convincing efficiency of the summer time in beating their just lately relegated opponents.
Targets from Darwin Nunez, Bobby Clark and Diogo Jota put Jurgen Klopp‘s three to the nice earlier than the half-time break, and the rout was accomplished by teenager Ben Doak within the second 45 minutes.
Right here, we check out 5 issues we realized from one other constructive outing for Liverpool.
Curtis the holder?
However, as a supervisor who typically likes to maintain his squad concerned, it might be in contrast to Klopp to signal a participant as a pure second selection, with Kostas Tsimikas arguably the one participant on the membership who suits that invoice.
With that in thoughts, you surprise if, alongside Romeo Lavia, the plan is to signal a multifunctional participant who can function throughout plenty of midfield positions.
And if that’s the case, then we could also be seeing much more of Curtis Jones within the No. 6 function he occupied on this recreation.
It isn’t an unfamiliar place for the Scouser, who performed there for England U21s this summer time, and has the ball retention abilities, self-discipline and persistence to do job there.
It will definitely be useful to Jones’ probability of standard taking part in time to make himself an choice as a holder, whereas something that may assist take the stress off a participant as younger as Lavia ought to he are available in can be a bonus.
Nunez continues to excite
Sure, it could solely be pre-season, but it surely’s laborious to not get excited by what Nunez is exhibiting this summer time.
The Uruguayan took his purpose tally to 4 in three video games (with an help thrown in), with one of many easiest tap-ins he’s ever more likely to be gifted.
However, as soon as once more, essentially the most encouraging facet of his efficiency was a composure that seemed to be sorely missing throughout his struggles final season.
This was finest summed up by the nonchalant flick over the goalkeeper that preceded a disallowed strike early within the first half, in addition to some eye-catching hyperlink play.
It will be an enormous name for Klopp to disclaim the ahead a begin at Chelsea as issues stand.
Mac Allister exhibits his high quality
The Argentine’s management in tight areas and eye for a move had been brilliantly showcased on this recreation, with two of the Reds’ targets owing all the pieces to these qualities.
He might begin on both facet of that double-eight midfield Klopp deploys, however the quantity on the again of Mac Allister’s shirt is a much better abstract of what he brings.
After this appetiser in Singapore, supporters ought to be very excited for him to convey that creativity to aggressive video games going ahead.
Szoboszlai makes case for set-piece involvement
Given the sheer high quality of his supply, it is going to take one thing particular for anybody to assert set-piece duties from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However the Scouse defender now seems to have some significantly robust competitors within the type of summer time signing Dominik Szoboszlai.
It was the midfielder’s inch-perfect nook that teed up Liverpool’s fourth, and Joel Matip‘s celebration after his flick-on help appeared to counsel it was a pre-meditated routine.
It he makes a behavior of that, then we are going to on the very least certainly see Andy Robertson relegated from second selection within the set-piece stakes.
Causes behind disappointing crowd
Followers watching from afar is not going to have failed to note that the Nationwide Stadium crowd didn’t maybe dwell as much as the same old expectations round Liverpool’s pre-season. The attendance, of 28,597, represented round half the stadium’s capability.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of causes for that.
The primary is that the Reds are, in fact, contesting two video games in fast succession in the identical vacation spot, which is mostly not the case when on tour.
The second is that tickets had been expensively priced, making a possible double-header unappealing even for essentially the most ardent of supporters out in Singapore – and much more so for followers from close by nations which aren’t as prosperous as Singapore.
The third is that this can be a very uncommon event whereby Liverpool have returned to not solely the identical continent, however the identical nation and similar stadium in consecutive summers.
Fortuitously, Wednesday’s recreation in opposition to Bayern Munich is predicted to be near a sell-out, which ought to present a extra becoming backdrop for Klopp and his squad.