Liverpool have had a good pre-season so far, with three victories on a trot, including their 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Sunday. Danny Ings and the 16-year-old Ben Woodburn found the back of the net, but it was Philippe Countinho, who was the star of the show with his incredible skills. The Brazilian also disturbed the woodwork twice in the first half.
The youngsters also played with great confidence to please manager Jurgen Klopp. All these are good signs for Liverpool, with the Premier League set to start next month.
Right from the outset, Liverpool looked bright, with Coutinho shining, and he immediately struck the crossbar with a quality free kick. Liverpool did come close on a number of occasions, but could not score in the first half.
Klopp made many changes in the second half, and the Reds showed their squad quality by dominating Wigan in the next 45 minutes as well. Ings, who has looked swift throughout the preseason, impressed yet again, scoring with a neat finish to help Liverpool break the deadlock in the 71st minute. Woodbrun scored the second of the game in the next few minutes to double the scoreline, and put Liverpool in a comfortable position.
Klopp was full praise for Ings, who missed the majority of last season.
"Ings is a real finisher. I don't know how much percentage of his fitness he is, and in the Premier League you need to be 100 per cent fit, but it's really good for the moment. It's a squad, and the pressure is in the squad. I don't have to say: 'If you don't train good enough you can't play. Everyone can see it, can see they have to give everything every day in training. We are going in the right direction," Sky Sports quoted Klopp as saying.
Though Liverpool have defeated teams like Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town and Wigan comprehensively, they have some tough some friendly matches ahead before the league starts. Liverpool will face teams like Roma, Chelsea and Barcelona, which are going to prove to be their biggest test.
A quality performance against these teams and Liverpool will have their tails up to face the long Premier League season ahead.