To the uninitiated, these two match-ups might present a set of very predictable outcomes. In reality, as is often the case with Liverpool F.C., the complete opposite occurred. The Reds handed out a 4-0 thumping of Barca and suffered an equally comprehensive 4-0 defeat at the hands of the lowly Mainz 05.
Liverpool's £34m summer signing, Sadio Mane, scored in the 15th minute, his first for the club, and not long after it was 2-0 following a Mascherano own goal. In the second half, Divock Origi and Marko Grujic also scored to round up a comprehensive victory on the big stage.
Having scored their big scalp at Wembley, it was evident that Klopp preferred to give his young chargers a chance to impress. They did that and although the result doesn’t read well, management will be satisfied heading into the season opener against Arsenal.