Liverpool 3-1 Osasuna: Roberto Firmino scores twice as Reds end preseason with easy win | Football news
Liverpool signed their pre-season preparations with a convincing 3-1 win over Osasuna in La Liga at Anfield on Monday night.
Twenty-four hours after the 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao, it was an opportunity for some of the fringe players to assert their rights and Takumi Minamino did as his strike gave the hosts an early lead. (14).
Minamino was lively throughout the brace with Kostas Tsimikas allowing the full-back to cross for Roberto Firmino to double the lead (21), and the Brazilian added a third four minutes before the break.
Kike Garcia reduced the deficit (71) in a second half disrupted by a series of substitutions, but Jurgen Klopp will feel he has the depth to mount a sustained challenge for the Premier League title on this evidence.
Liverpool: Kelleher (6), N. Williams (6), Konate (7), Gomez (7), Tsimikas (8), Oxlade-Chamberlain (9), Fabinho (7), Jones (6), Gordon (6), Minamino (8), Firmino (8).
Subscribers: B. Davies (n / a), R. Williams (6), Beck (6), Bradley (n / a), Thiago (6), Henderson (6), Woodburn (7), Clarkson (6), Origi ( 6).
Osasuna: Juan Perez (7), Cruz (5), Unai Garcia (5), David Garcia (5), Oier (6), Avila (6), Torres (5), Inigo Perez (5), Torro (5), Barbero (5), Areso (4).
Subscribers: Herrera (6), Vidal (6), Barja (6), Jaume (5), Ruben Garcia (6), Ramalho (6), Budimir (5), Kike (7), Javi Martinez (6), Aimar (6 ), Dufur (5).
Man of the match: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
How the Reds ended the preseason on a high note
Kick-off at Anfield was again delayed by 15 minutes as supporters familiarized themselves with the new stadium entry protocols, but once inside there was a moment of applause from in memory of former players Michael Robinson and Tommy Leishman, both of whom passed away in recent months.
Andy Robertson has taken to social media to show his support for his teammates while confirming a period of absence with ankle ligament damage suffered in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
Osasuna, who finished 10th in La Liga under Jagoba Arrasate, started impressively as Ezequiel Avila nearly set up Barbero from a deep cross in the first minute, forcing Neco Williams to a last minute clearance.
Thank you all for your kind messages and your support. The scan doesn’t suggest anything too big, but there are ligament damage that will need to be repaired. I will be transplanting every day so that I can help the team again as soon as possible. Good luck to the boys who play tonight #YNWA pic.twitter.com/urKPCLmHgS
– Andy Robertson (@ andrewrobertso5) August 9, 2021
The visitors continued to win as the lively Avila then had two off-target speculative attempts.
Ibrahima Konate looked calm in his first appearance at Anfield, and it was thanks to one of the center-back’s trademark sweep passes that Minamino should have broken the deadlock in the 13th minute, but goalkeeper Juan Perez quickly left his line to choke.
The miss did not play in the striker’s mind, however, moments later Liverpool were ahead.
This time it was Fabinho who played the perfectly measured ball and Minamino’s strike deflected Jesus Areso’s luck to cheat Perez and find the net.
Jurgen Klopp’s men immediately went looking for a second on high heat as Curtis Jones freed Kaide Gordon, 16, but his effort which flashed right off the post came from an off position -Game.
Liverpool didn’t have to wait too long a second, however, as Minamino turned supplier, playing a one-two with Kostas Tsimikas for the Greek full-back to shoot a penetrating low cross for Firmino to guide his first effort into the far corner.
Osasuna was now chasing the shadows as Konate continued his home debut, loaning the ball to Gordon before committing a foul. Liverpool worked fast and worked on the left as this time Firmino couldn’t keep his head down from Tsimikas cross.
Jones had already taken a hit to the ribs when a bump in his nose left Klopp reluctant to take risks as Ben Woodburn replaced him in the 31st minute. This failed to disturb the hosts as within 10 minutes they were celebrating a third.
Juan Perez had already made a nice double save to outsmart the excellent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Firmino, but the Brazilian would not have been denied his second when he coldly completed another sweeping move, taking Minamino’s cross on his chest before tucking its finish inside the Publish.
A series of second-half changes would ultimately lead to less chances as Osasuna changed his entire XI. Divock Origi was introduced at halftime and should have done better when he made his way to the Woodburn cross.
Liverpool continued to have fun as a brilliant back-heeled back pass from Woodburn led to a Rabona cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain who almost slipped to the near post.
Sergio Herrera, who replaced Perez in Osasuna’s goal, then denied Firmino a hat trick as the Woodburn center forward’s header was kept out of reach at close range.
It was Firmino’s last act as he was substituted half an hour from the end and Thiago was introduced in the midfield. Jordan Henderson would later be given 20 minutes to present his case against Norwich on Saturday.
Osasuna continued to compete and secured his awards as Kike rose to the far post to clear Caoimhin Kelleher’s blank sheet.
It was the only incident of a last neat pre-season outing before real things started next weekend.
What the director said
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp Recount LFC TV: “The first half was absolutely exceptional in many different departments. There were a lot of long balls and I liked our training around that and the way we passed the ball forward with Bobby between the lines.
“Speed wise we were exceptional today and Ox was on fire. Fab controlled the counter press situations and how it should be. The last row was good, we defended well and the goals that we scored were exceptional The second half was more difficult but there is nothing to complain about.
“With all the changes, I didn’t feel like we really messed up the pace so it was good. Ben [Woodburn] appeared in a superior, superior way. In the preseason, he played in four or five different positions.
“Kostas also showed up in the preseason and on top of that he is also needed.”
On Robertson’s injury: “Not really [can’t put a timeframe] but I think we were lucky. I don’t know if it will be before or after the international break but it won’t be long. It could have been a lot worse. “
Player reaction: Konate is relishing his home debut
“To be honest, I don’t have the words to explain my feelings when I touched my first foot on the pitch,” Konate said afterwards to LFC TV. “I think we had a very good game together.
“For me I’m happy with my performance. It was the last pre-season game and now I’m very excited to play in the Premier League. Today was amazing. I can’t imagine the atmosphere in Premier League or Champions League. “
Man of the Match – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
There was a real appetite for Oxlade-Chamberlain as the all-round midfielder provided a strong case for holding on for the campaign ahead.
Having seen his minutes limited by injury and form, Southampton has expressed interest in bringing him back to the South Coast before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month, but Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown why he still has a future at Anfield . .
“I’ve known Ox for so long now and there’s no need to talk. It’s clear he needed a full preseason,” Klopp added. “It really helps and I think he’s played all six preseason games. You can see how much that means.
“Who do we leave out now for Norwich after these two games? That’s how it should be. We have to put pressure on each other in a positive way.”
Liverpool start their Premier League campaign in Norwich on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event; coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. with kick-off at 5:30 p.m.
Osasuna starts his La Liga season on the same day at home against Espanyol; kick off at 4 p.m.