After downing Tranmere Rovers on Friday, Liverpool kept the pre-season friendly train rolling with a resounding 5-0 win over League One side Fleetwood Town. Ben Woodburn, Lucas and a Roberto Firmino brace rounded things out, but it was debutante Marko Grujic that really caught the eye with the 20-year old opening his Reds account less than 20-minutes in to his first match for the Anfield outfit.
“He scored a goal in his first game in the first situation – it’s a dream,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to the press following the match. “You saw it, in a friendly game not often a player celebrates like him but obviously it was a big moment,” continued the German manager, obviously a big fan of the Serbian’s passion. “It was nice to see.”
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While there’s still quite a few players to return following the European Championships in France this summer, Liverpool’s youngsters put in a fine performance as they look ahead to their tour of North America and the new Premier League season. Grujic, for his part, will find competition fierce for a spot in the midfield with the likes of Emre Can, club captain Jordan Henderson, veteran utility man James Milner and fellow youngsters Kevin Stewart and Cameron Brannagan vying for a spot, but that goal — or his imperious display — won’t hurt his chances.
“He is still a young lad – he is 20 years old and that means there is a lot to develop physically and, of course, in the football parts,” explained Klopp, stressing that there’s work to be done not only with him, but with the rest of the squad. “We are ready to work with the boys, they will improve – and they have to improve – but for the first game it was absolutely fine.”