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Darwin Nunez started his first game for Liverpool, but could not prevent his team from losing for the second time this pre-season as they lost 1-0 to Red Bull Salzburg of Austria.

In Liverpool’s last pre-season friendly before the Community Shield against Manchester City on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp put together a team from the second series in Austria but began signing Nunez after his four goals against RB Leipzig last week.

The Uruguayan striker hit the bar in a frustrating first half for the Reds, leaving them trailing on the counterattack thanks to another familiar name in the transfer window.

Benjamin Cisco, linked to Manchester United and Newcastle in the British media, passed Adrian on the half-hour mark after superbly pasting Ibrahima Konate to start the attack.

Benjamin Sisko scored the winning goal in Austria
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Benjamin Sisko scored the winning goal in Austria

Nunez was sacked in the first half and Liverpool had almost full strength in the 60th minute and created more chances.

The best fell to Luis Diaz just minutes after he came in, as the Colombia international played a double match with Jordan Henderson before forcing Salzburg goalkeeper Nico Mantel to make a fine save.

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah forced Mantel to save well, before Diaz went one step further and ended up offside.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson made late efforts, but the Austrian team held on to victory.

Liverpool team

Adrian. Mabaya (Alexander Arnold 60), Gomez (Van Dyck 60), Konate (Matip 60), Milner (Robertson H/R); Bagcitic (Fabiño 60), Keita (Morton H/R), Jones (Tiago 60); Elliott (Salah 60), Nunez (Firmino h/r), Carvalho (Diaz 60)

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Klopp lamented the way his side’s friendly started on Wednesday night and called on his players to come close to signing a record-breaking Nunez to be more dangerous up front.

“In the first half, we made a lot of mistakes that they can use,” Klopp said after the match. “We had good moments in the match too, we could have scored at least four or five goals. We didn’t.

“Darwin was alone a lot, everyone backed out and everyone was then too far and Darwin was alone in the box. He had his chances but he needs more support around him to keep the other guys occupied so they don’t focus on him. I don’t feel good but we take it and go from here.”

Darwin Nunez in pre-season action
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Klopp called on the Liverpool player to give more support to Darwin Nunez

Klopp admitted that the match was not a friendly due to the feelings Salzburg put into the match – and while some of the Austrian side’s challenges were quite harsh at times, he was completely respectful of the opponent.

“In the first half we were too open, too wide and not connected enough. When we lost the ball it was like a highway with their speed – especially when you lose simple passes that no one else can interact with.

“The last half hour was like a thunderstorm. We were like a truck but we didn’t finish it. It will be fine. We had to make a lot of changes but I accepted.

“It didn’t feel like a friendly match, for Salzburg and us too. Salzburg had these tough challenges but they did really well. With all due respect to them, sometimes I didn’t like their challenges but nothing happened there I think.”

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Klopp said Sky Sports News This week there will be no more transfers this summer, barring any strange circumstances.

If this friendly were in Austria, the Liverpool boss, who was in full force except for Alisson Becker and Costas Tsimikas, had a clear first option and a second series to choose from going into the start of the match. season.

Liverpool saw more slipping after the hour when the top defender, who may have been saved for Saturday’s Community Shield against Manchester City, came to try and find a way to get back in this game.

Liverpool improved after the break when the big hitters came on
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Liverpool improved after the break when the big hitters came on

So, if there is a difference in quality between both teams that Klopp played against Salzburg, where is the competition for places in this Liverpool squad, with just over a week left with the opening curtain in Fulham?

Well, the first is clear. Darwin Nunez was Liverpool’s best player in the first half among the players of the second series. The Uruguay international has used his strength well to bring others into play, citing misfortune across the crossbar and some recent Salzburg defense at not being able to add to his four goals in Leipzig last week.

It looks like Nunez and Firmino will compete with Diogo Jota for this striker’s berth, with Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz occupying the wings. But no one can really know that due to the fluidity of Liverpool’s offensive options.

At the back, Ibrahima Konate was another shining spark and showed a clever defense at times, but looked a bit cocky in the crosshairs of Benjamin Sisko. It will be him against Joel Matip in the fight to be Virgil van Dijk’s partner in attack it will be an interesting struggle.

Isaac Mabaya shines as a right-back for Liverpool
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Isaac Mabaya shines as a right-back for Liverpool

Three Liverpool midfield players – Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson – appear to have settled in with Naby Keita doing little to impress them in Austria – but Harvey Elliott has a chance to start against Fulham next week. The 19-year-old has started playing on the wing again but has gone inside and could take on a midfield role.

Liverpool fans shouldn’t look too much into this pre-season friendly as Salzburg has already started the league season, so they are well ahead of their pre-season and fitness schedule. But defender Isaac Mabaya’s performance will delight them, with the 17-year-old progressing well from the right-back.

What’s Next?

Liverpool You have a community shield with Manchester On the Saturday before facing Ligue 1 RC Strasbourg Sunday at Anfield.

Expect most of Liverpool’s squad to be used by then, before Jurgen Klopp’s side open their Premier League season away from home. Fulham On August 6th.

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