FLEETWOOD, Sporting Alert – Manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to hand Marko Grujic a first-time appearance for Liverpool in tonight’s pre-season friendly match against Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.
LIVE UPDATES – Fleetwood 0-4 Liverpool – (Grujic 18, Woodburn 52, Lucas 69, Firmino 71)
71mins: It’s fourth goal for Liverpool, and the Premier League side is running with this preseason friendly, as second half sub Firmino slams home a loose ball. Liverpool leads Fleetwood 4-0.
69mins: Midfielder Lucas added a third of Liverpool – sweeping in from a pass from Ryan Kent. Liverpool leads Fleetwood 3-0.
56mins: Woodburn almost grabbed a third goal for Liverpool, but this time his low curler towards the bottom corner is pushed away by the goalkeeper.
52mins: Ben Woodburn wasted little time in making an impact in this game after the half-time substitute scored seven-minutes into the second to extend Liverpool’s lead to 2-0, A quickly-taken free-kick sees Lucas release Ryan Kent in the box for him to put in a cross low which was tapped home by Woodburn. Liverpool leads Fleetwood 2-0.
HALF-TIME: Liverpool leads Fleetwood 1-0 at halftime. Marko Grujic’s goal on his Liverpool FC debut makes the difference.
18mins GOAL!: Marko Grujic opens the scoring the for Liverpool. Alberto Moreno’s low cross from the left was slammed home by Grujic on his debut.
12mins PENALTY SAVE: Danny Ings sees his penalty kick saved by the keeper. The penalty was won by Marko Grujic, after he was tripped inside the box.
10mins: Markovic tries his luck with an ambitious effort from a tight angle from the right… It’s grasped by Neal (0-0)
4mins: First chance of the game but Grujic heads Flanagan’s cross well wide of the post from 12 yards (0-0) Liverpool FC @LFC
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Grujic, who joined the Reds in a £5.1million transfer switch in January from Red Star Belgrade, will start in midfield, alongside Kevin Stewart, Lazar Markovic and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Danny Ings, who scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers last week, will lead the attack, while Firmino, who started the opening pre-season match, starts this game on the bench.
Summer signing Sadio Mane gets another chance to impress his manager, following a strong run out against Tranmere, and he will be in the attack against the League One side.
Loris Karius starts in goal, with Joel Matip, Jon Flanagan, Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovren starting in the backline.
Tiago Ilori, Brad Smith, Ryan Kent and Andre Wisdom are all among the Substitutes.
Liverpool team: Karius, Flanagan, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Stewart, Grujic, Alexander-Arnold, Markovic, Mane, Ings.
Substitutes: Bogdan, Lucas, Brannagan, Ilori, Kent, Smith, Wisdom, Ejaria, Randall, Woodburn, Firmino