Klopp names four youngsters key to Liverpool win over Mainz

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was impressed by a number of youngsters as Liverpool beat Mainz 1-0 in a pre-season friendly on Friday.

A cross from youngster Owen Beck was turned into his own net by Mainz defender Luca Kilian for the only goal of the game.

And was Klopp was particularly impressed with Beck and three other youngsters in their first pre-season win.


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Klopp told the club’s official website: “Harvey [Elliott] again first half, really, really good. The kids are doing well, I have to say. I really enjoyed a lot watching them and helping them to understand the game better and better and better, to understand the position and they have to be brave otherwise it would be a waste of time.

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“That Owen was involved in the goal is nice for him, he played good I have to say. Second half we played a different system but you have to make the difference in little one-on-one situations; if you get the ball and only are passing, we have always eight players in really good positions.

“You are everywhere under pressure, but if you can make a little difference with a little acceleration then all of sudden the game changed. We did that, Owen did that in a couple of times, Kaide [Gordon] did it as well.

“We had good balls in behind for Divock [Origi]. Billy [Koumetio] played his first game of pre-season, was OK as well, so all fine.”

On the match itself, Klopp added: “You always consider what you did in the days before. We had a double session yesterday, we trained this morning, so it’s exactly what you need. That’s how training works, you have to do the intensive stuff, go through it, try to play the best football you can.

“It’s the pre-season. Yes, I am happy about a lot of situations I saw; I saw in the first half some really good football where we came through, we passed, we passed the ball quite quickly, quick enough against a good, organised side, a deep-defending side and this kind of stuff. It was far away from being perfect, but it is absolutely OK.

“Second half I saw the boys, the kids, fought for a result and they got it. They forced it and I am happy about that. We had to defend, of course, because they are good – and organisation-wise, it is not even close to where we have to be, but as I said, when you are tired you try to bring the best organisation possible on the pitch.

“It is never about 100 per cent, it is about the available per cent – and I think the boys did that today, so I am happy. Nobody injured, that’s important as well, everybody came through, so fine, really fine for today.”

 

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