The sight of a returning Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge was a welcoming one, as both returning from injury joined Jurgen Klopp’s side in their preseason friendly against Tranmere Rovers.
The England captain who had not kicked a ball since February 11th as he recovered from his foot injury, played in a neat, tidy and controlled manner for the first 45 minutes.
Klopp opted to play two different sides for each half with keeper Loris Karius the only man to star in both halves against the non league side at Prenton Park.
Liverpool should have scored within 47 seconds but the opener eventually came from the penalty spot in the 34th minute.
Tranmere keeper Scott Davies, who had earlier made some smart saves, dragged down England Under 20 winger Sheyi Ojo. James Milner took the penalty well, making no mistake.
Liverpool were 2 goals up going into the break after Marko Grujic beat Davies from 25 yards with a shot that bounced into the far corner of Tranmere’s net.
The third goal came shortly after the restart from Spaniard Pedro Chirivella who tapped into an empty goal after Dominic Solanke’s well-worked effort had been parried by Davies.
The final goal arrived on 78th minute after Ben Woodburn made no mistake from the spot after being fouled in the box by Davies.
The 4-0 victory was an improvement of the corresponding fixture 12 months ago when only a goal from Danny Ings separated the sides.
After the match, the Liverpool boss expressed his views of the game on the club’s official website: “The first half started really well, then it looked a little bit more stiff.
“A few players were looking a little bit for their role, their position and all that stuff.
“In the second half, surprisingly it looked fresher and that’s good – it was more flexible and a little bit more fluent.
“Both halves were good, we scored good goals and could have scored more. It was good.”