Loris Karius had a bit of a mare last night against neighbours Tranmere Rovers in Liverpool’s second pre-season friendly. Goals in the first half for Adam Lallana, Sheji Ojo and Rafael Camacho put Liverpool in a strong position. However, Liverpool ended up conceding 2 goals in the second half with Karius directly responsible for Tranmere’s first.
Tranmere 2-3 Liverpool
The mistake from Karius has once again opened up the debate about whether or not he’s good enough to play for Liverpool. Besides that, the abuse he received last night online was in my opinion sickening and uncalled for.
It’s not like it was an important game – it was a pre-season match. It appears that all the sympathy felt towards Karius after the Champions League final has evaporated. The first home game of the season against West Ham is going to be fun with the German in goal.
On a more positive note, Liverpool won. I know it was only Tranmere, but a win is a win and it will do wonders for the confidence of the fringe players. It was also the first time fans got to see Naby Keita and Fabinho playing together in a Liverpool midfield. Boy, did they look good in purple.
Adam Lallana captained the Liverpool team for the first time in the first half, which must have been a proud moment for him. With the injury struggles he had last season and missing out on the World Cup, getting 45 more minutes under his belt will have made him and manager Jürgen Klopp happy.
Unfortunately, there was no goal for young Harry Wilson who recently signed a new long term deal at the club. He is rumoured to be heading to Stoke on loan as part of the Xherdan Shaqiri deal.
One fringe player who did stand out last night was Sheyi Ojo. His assist for Camacho’s first senior Liverpool goal and his own goal might have given Klopp something to think about.
Ojo, when he broke through at Liverpool 2 years ago, was expected to force his way in to the Liverpool team. His trickiness on the wing and his willingness to always get forward had some fans, myself included, drooling at the prospect of actually having a winger at Liverpool who could play on the wing. Hopefully, against the tougher opposition coming up for the Reds as they hit the trail to America, he can get some much needed minutes on the pitch.
While a lot of people will look on last night’s game against Tranmere the same way they do a Champions League final, I think it would be worth noting that it was a pre-season game.
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) July 10, 2018
As a fan I would much prefer players to make mistakes against the likes of Tranmere in pre-season than against Barcelona in the Champions League. Fans need to sit back, enjoy the games and not give too much thought to the results. Pre-season is all about getting the players fit for a long, gruelling season ahead of them.