Pre-season games are in full swing and the club has remained undefeated in their first four outings, with wins over Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town most recently on July 20th. In the 2-0 win over Huddersfield, Klopp elected for a mixture of senior, emerging and youth talent amongst his starting XI.
The PreSeason is Underway in Earnest
The club’s busy pre-season is underway and the team turned in a strong second half performance to win away to Fleetwood Town 5-0. Klopp stated that there were some areas he was pleased with but also many that required work. There’s no surprise with this sort of feedback at this point in the pre-season. One of the positives included the new Serbian signing Marko Grujic’s performance on debut. The big 1.9m midfielder scored a first half goal in a promising performance, which was also the first time that Klopp had seen Grujic play in person. According to Klopp, he has a lot of areas to develop but his size and physicality are an ideal fit to the Premiere League. The team warmed into their work against the League One side with second half goals to Ben Woodburn, Lucas Leiva and Roberto Firmino, who scored two.
Liverpool F.C. is a worldwide brand that has a huge following across Europe, Asia and the US. Just recently, NBA superstar LeBron James offered to host the Reds on their US pre-season tour. James is a longtime Liverpool fan, having secured a minority stake in the club in 2011. Aside from the high profile dealings of the senior team, there are a large number of teams at Liverpool that contribute to the ongoing success of the club and brand.
It has been an eventful period for England and the UK since our last post. There was complete political upheaval with the Brexiters winning the referendum while the England football team also followed suit by exiting the Euros in one of the biggest upsets in football history. David Cameron stepped down as PM and Roy Hodgson as England Manager, in an ironic example of sport imitating life. There were several Liverpool players in the England squad and it was a tough time for players, club and national team fans alike. Hats off to Iceland though, they have enjoyed a fairy tale journey and long may it continue.
Oren Shabat Laurent reflects on Liverpool’s demanding pre-season domestically and abroad, as new players settle in and the club embarks on a new season.
Pre-season training began for first team players at Melwood this week. After summer holidays, or national duties for some, players returned to be assessed and commence training in earnest. Klopp eased the players back with a one session day and medicals, before ramping up to two and three session days later in the week.
Pre-season was a good chance for new recruits to get familiar with their new teammates as forward Sadio Mane, midfielder Marko Grujic, defender Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius officially met other players for the first time. Players returning from Euro or Copa America duties will integrate back into the squad following a three week break after their countries exit. Liverpool’s five English players should rejoin in late July.
Early season training is also a key chance for players to impress, as loaned players return back to the mix too.
Oren Shabat Laurent is a passionate Liverpool fan and a cryptocurrency entrepreneur. He has been involved with sports from a young age, and sponsored football and basketball.