CHESTER — Liverpool opened the 2018 preseason friendly schedule with a convincing 7-0 hammering of Chester FC at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Saturday.
The game saw Reds manager Jurgen Klopp handing both summer recruits Fabinho and Naby Keita their debuts.
A double from Harry Wilson gave Liverpool a 2-0 halftime lead before the English Premier League side netted four more goals in the second half.
James Milner, who came on at halftime to captain the Reds, slotted home a 48th-minute penalty to take the scoreline to 3-0 for the Klopp’s men.
A brace from Daniel Sturridge, a stunner from Ryan Kent and another goal by Danny Ings completed the scoring for Premier League side, which suited up different teams on both sides of 45 minutes.
Liverpool supporters also got the chance to see newbies Fabinho and Keita.
Fabinho was in the starting lineup for the opening 45 minutes, while Keita came on to play in the second half.
Klopp was pleased with the performance but admits there was room for improvement, especially in the opening 45 minutes.
“First half, I was not happy, of course. The game was not good, it looked stiff. To be honest, it’s not that I [spend] five hours on the line-up and think, ‘that will fit together’,” Klopp said.
“They have to work together in pre-season, especially in the first game. Yes, we worked hard during the week; yes, the pitch is dry; yes, the wind makes the pitch even drier – that’s not nice.
“Second half was much better, with two or three players more who have played together so it was easier of course for the players to show up. Naby, especially, looked pretty [good]. Good signs.”
Klopp always speaks about his new signings Keita and Fabinho.
“Fabinho, today, was not too easy, it was not a good half and it was difficult to find his [way] in the game,” the manager said.
“Naby did much better second half but that’s how it is. We know about the quality, we don’t test these boys, a few others had a test.”