RB Salzburg 1-0 Liverpool: Klopp's side fall to defeat in Austria

RB Salzburg 1-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s side suffer defeat in Austria after goal from Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko… with the Reds now turning their attention to Community Shield clash with Man City

  • Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat at home against RB Salzburg in their final friendly 
  • Benjamin Sesko opened the scoring after good interplay with Noah Okafor 
  • Darwin Nunez was lively and could have scored a hat-trick in the first-half
  • Liverpool improved when they brought on their big guns in the second 45

Liverpool produced an underwhelming performance in a 1-0 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg in their last friendly before Saturday’s Community Shield final with Manchester City.

Reported Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko scored the only goal of the game in Austria, in which Jurgen Klopp opted to start with his suspected second-string 11. 

Summer signing Darwin Nunez was the big name starter for the Reds, and he could have got a first-half hat-trick to add to his four goals against Red Bull Leipzig.

Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat in their friendly against Austrian side RB Salzburg on Wednesday

Jurgen Klopp’s side fell behind during an underwhelming first-half display against Salzburg

His closest effort came when he was found by lively youngster Isaac Mabaya, with the Uruguayan striker turning and shooting first-time on the volley only to see his effort crash off the bar.

Nunez, along with Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita and Mabaya were threats in the first-half, though it was Salzburg who created the better opportunities.

Liverpool team

Adrian, Mabaya (Alexander-Arnold 60), Konate (Matip 60), Gomez (Van Dijk 60), Milner (Robertson 46), Bajcetic (Fabinho 60), Keita (Morton 46) (Henderson 63), Jones (Thiago 60), Elliott (Salah 60), Carvalho (Diaz 60), Nunez (Firmino 46)

Liverpool were fortunate to be let off the hook when Joe Gomez played Sesko through with a mis-timed header, and the Salzburg star’s shot was saved and rebounded into the path of Fernando who had one of the early miss of the season contenders to blaze the ball wide.

Sesko, who was a menace for Liverpool throughout the first-half then got onto the scoresheet after firing past Adrian following some good interplay with team-mate Noah Okafor. 

Klopp replaced Nunez, Keita and Milner early in the second-half – all players who you would expect to have some involvement in Liverpool’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino, Andrew Robertson and Tyler Morton were brought on before Liverpool then introduced the rest of their big guns at the hour mark.  

Big chances fell the way of Virgil van Dijk who headed a corner over the bar and Luis Diaz who forced a save from the Salzburg keeper after a one-two with Jordan Henderson.

Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko was a threat in the first-half and found the net

Darwin Nunez had a number of chances and looked dangerous despite his lack of goals

Mohamed Salah then forced Nico Mantl into another save, before the keeper palmed away a shot from Firmino.

Liverpool did find the back of the net through Diaz, but the Colombian was correctly judged offside.  

Despite the Reds’ second-half domination, their opponents were able to hold onto the victory – meaning Klopp’s men have lost two out of their four pre-season friendlies. 

Liverpool ended the season last year shattered, with their dream of the quadruple flittering away in the last two games of what remains an unforgettable and remarkable campaign.

The players, however, have returned this pre-season in appropriate states for another tilt at the major prizes on offer.

This weekend’s Community Shield encounter with Manchester City, the season’s curtain raiser, will give a much better indication of where Liverpool are at.

Youngsters including Harvey Elliott (pictured) and right-back Isaac Mabaya impressed

Liverpool made big changes in the second-half but the likes of Mo Salah were unable to turn the game around

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