5 talking points from Liverpool’s huge win in first pre-season game

Liverpool sprang back into action at Chester’s Deva Stadium on Saturday, and didn’t take long to hit the goal trail.

The Reds ran out 7-0 winners at the home of the National League North side , with Harry Wilson – who hails from just over the Welsh border in Wrexham – scoring twice in the first half.

Daniel Sturridge then added two goals of his own in the second period, with James Milner netting a penalty and Ryan Kent and Danny Ings also scoring to make it a magnificent pre-season seven for Jurgen Klopp.


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Here’s what the German could have been pondering as he made the short journey home.

1. Friendly fire

Don’t play a friendly at the same time England are facing their most important game in 12 years.

For whatever reason Liverpool refused Chester FC’s request to bring the kick off time forward so the two games wouldn’t clash. I know Germany are out of the World Cup Jurgen but…

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2. Karius begins the long road back

No matter your thoughts on Loris Karius and his exploits in Kiev no one can question the under pressure keeper’s bottle.

He was back in action here seemingly without fear and ready to face up to a season in which he will be constantly reminded of his Champions League final meltdown.

3. Wilson shines, but is it enough?

Harry Wilson reminded Klopp of his potential with his wing skills and two goals.

On loan at Championship side Hull last season, the Wales flyer still hopes to make an impact at Anfield but it’s more likely that another loan spell could be in his immediate future.

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4. No matter the occasion, Milner is still the same

He could have been in Russia but for James Milner – who retired from international football before the World Cup qualifying campaign began – a friendly at Chester still has to be negotiated professionally.

This was illustrated with a well taken penalty at the start of the second period, as he was seen in midfield along with new boy Naby Keita.

5. The two Dannys

Klopp has still got injury prone Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings on the books, for now at least.

The German still wants to bring in a top class striker but must try and clear the decks.

Neither of this duo feature in his long term plans but highly paid players are hard to shift. Both scored to illustrate they still know where the goal is.

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