It was a bit of an odd one after downing National League side Tranmere Rovers earlier in the week as a much improved Liverpool side were held by League One outfit Wigan Athletic — though it’s best not to over-think what was a glorified training session.
“You could see it was not that fine-tuned, obviously, but it’s important for all of them to get the minutes. As you can imagine, I’m not overly excited about the performance, but it’s completely OK,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to the club’s official website. “Especially in the first half, we could’ve scored much more goals and second half we could’ve scored goals for sure so that’s OK, but Wigan did a really good job, they have a good side with nice, young players, so it was not that easy,” explained the German, before adding, “But another game, no injuries, good.”
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Latics midfielder Alex Gilbey gave the hosts a shock lead at the DW Stadium, but the League One side couldn’t hang on to it with Reds new boy Mohamed Salah marking his debut by breaking his duck, turning home a simple pass from Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino to level the score. A whole host of chances went begging as the visitors pushed for the go, but the break through never did arrive with Wigan hanging on for a morale boosting pre-season win.
“You saw he had no idea how we defend usually, so he was really not involved in this,” said Klopp when asked about Salah’s first match since hooking up with the Anfield outfit. “He had two days with us, then he had to go to Paris, get the papers, but now he’s here and we thought ‘let’s play him’. He’s really used to a completely different way of defending, but the first situation, nice sprint,” stressed the Reds boss. “And the goal was maybe the easiest situation in the game, but they played a few wonderful pieces of football: Roberto, Phil, Adam, Gini in the No.6 position was good. So it was OK, just not where they can be.”