How Liverpool copes with the Community Shield after ‘pain’ before the season

plural Liverpool Kitman Yinka Ademuyiwa brought home his Vanilla Ice’s Ice Baby delivery during a traditional pre-season karaoke night for new recruits.

His claims of a club’s best completed performance in Austria remained untouched after Jurgen Klopp and his squad returned to their impressive training base in Saalfelden after Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to RB Salzburg.

However, there is no reason to worry as to why Liverpool failed to achieve the highest standards at the Red Bull Arena. The degree of physical and mental fatigue was understandable given the tough double sessions the players have faced over the past week.

After one endurance exercise in the scorching heat, the vice captain smashed James Milner He turned to the coaching staff and joked, “Do you just enjoy watching the pain?”

For Klopp, that precious time in the stunning surroundings of the Liogang Mountains is more about laying the foundations for next season rather than being preoccupied with friendly results. Klopp was pleased with what was achieved both tactically and physically and in terms of promoting the unity and spirit he cherished.

with the Austrian Bundesliga Having kicked off last weekend, champions Salzburg have always given a proper test, and that challenge has been intensified by Klopp’s decision to put together a young starting squad with four teenagers and seven players in total aged 23 and under.

After scoring four goals in the net RB Leipzig A week ago , Darwin Nunez He was asked to lead the line in what was essentially an experimental aspect. Uruguay striker, who has given birth to a new boy Fabio Carvalho And the Harvey Elliott For the company in 3D Attack, I watched one clip of a nice hit on tape. But for the most part, he was very aloof and service to him was unavailable.

Darwin Nunez cut an isolated character up front in the first half against Red Bull Salzburg (Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool via Getty Images)

On the other hand, the center back Joe Gomez And the Ibrahima Konate He was caught by the impressive Slovenian youth Benjamin Sisko, who calmly shot at the goal Adrian. That was the kind of goal that Liverpool never gave up when Virgil van Dijk He is there.

Klopp admitted: “In the first half, we made a lot of mistakes.” “We were too open, too wide, not connected enough in the moments when we lost the ball. We gave them space for their counter-attacks. Darwin was so lonely. We could just pass him in the box. He needs more support around him to keep the other players occupied” .

Changes that followed the second half, in which many of his players were unleashed of late, hinted at how Klopp could approach the Community Shield on Saturday against Manchester At King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Van Dyck, Joel MatipAnd the Trent Alexander ArnoldAnd the Fabinhotiago , Jordan HendersonAnd the Mohamed Salah And the Luis Diaz It was served for the last half hour. Andy Robertson replaced substitute left-back Milner at the break Costas Tsimikas Excluded because of a painful knee.

It seems likely that these nine will start against Pep Guardiola’s side, despite the choice between them Konate and Matip Being a partner for Van Dijk is tough. Then it’s a match between Nunez and Roberto Firmino for the final location.

Those who miss Saturday will play in Sunday’s final warm-up match against Strasbourg at Anfield.

High-ranking sources at Anfield denied the speculation in Italy Juventus She made a £20 million ($24.4 million) bid for Firmino. The Brazilian may have entered the final year of his contract, but Liverpool insist they are not looking to sell, and Klopp is planning next season with the former Hoffenheim striker on board.

Klopp initially hoped to have Alison He returns to face Manchester City, but he needs more time to recover from a stomach problem. Alisson is expected to return for the opening Premier League game against Fulhamwhich will be in due time due to his deputy Caoimhin Kelleher He is still sidelined due to the thigh injury that ruined his pre-season. Adrian put in a great performance in friendlies but Alisson is in a class of his own.

Nunez will inevitably become the focal point of Liverpool’s attack, but that’s just a case when Klopp decides he’s all set. Meanwhile, with Diogo Jota Injured, Firmino is likely to be the benefactor when it comes to playing time.

Liverpool dominated the second half as Klopp made nine changes (Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool via Getty Images)

The difference in substitutions for the final third of the competition was vast, as Liverpool dominated and settled within the Salzburg half. Diaz, Salah, Firmino and Alexander-Arnold were thwarted by goalkeeper Nico Mantel. Then when Diaz finally turned he was ruled out for offside because Firmino was too slow on the pass. Somehow the hosts clung.

“It was like a thunderstorm, and we were like a truck, but we didn’t finish the situations,” Klopp added. “It was great to get the result of this effort, but it will be fine. We played that match on the back of full training and we had to make a lot of changes.”

Klopp was furious on the touchline over Salzburg’s fighting style, with Carvalho in particular receiving some harsh treatment. The coach was angry at officials late for failing to award a penalty after Diaz fell in the penalty area. Replays showed, however, that Yuba Diarra had hit the ball.

“In the Premier League, I will definitely go to the stands for the things I have thought and said,” he later joked. Klopp can’t often see the funny side when Liverpool lose, but this was a night when it was all about the big picture.

Now King Power is waiting for Saturday as their time in Austria ends. Liverpool have not won the Community Shield since 2006, lost on penalties to City in 2019 and suffered the same fate against them. Arsenal 12 months later.

Getting the right score for Fulham in the Premier League opener remains the priority, but every game with City counts. It is an opportunity to mark the next season. They didn’t get a standing ovation from the packed crowd like Ademoiwa did after his kick-off, but the defeat to Salzburg shouldn’t diminish anyone’s belief in how Liverpool’s preparations are accelerating.

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