So after letting the dust settles on the first game of Liverpool’s preseason, lets just start of by saying: it’s great to see the boys out on the field again.
The beginning of Liverpool’s preseason began against Brondby IF, a club in the Danish Superliga located outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Apparently this friendly was organised eight years ago as part of the deal to bring Daniel Agger from from Bronby to Anfield and after a 2-1 loss I bet the reds wish they hadn’t bothered.
Let’s be honest though this game really had no meaning. It was the start of their preseason, and the one of two games they will play before jetting off the USA to play in a series of preseason matches. This is a time for Rodgers to get his players fit. Preseason matches like these are great opportunities for players to get some good training in, which accounts for the ten substitutions over the match, with the exception of Kevin Stewart in for Tiago Ilori. It should also be noted that this was Bronby’s final preseason game before the start of their Danish Superliga campaign, so arguably they should have been a sharper side.
It is also an opportunity to test out players, particularly youngsters. It’s a time for Rodgers to evaluate who’s ready for first team football, who has to be loaned, and so on and so forth. One youngster who’s worth talking about is Jordan Ibe. Ibe is an eighteen year old standout with a lot of potential – easily compared to a guy we have recently come to love, Raheem Sterling. Ibe got some great experience when he was loaned out to Birmingham City last season. He has plenty of pace, and isn’t afraid to go at defenders, but is still very, very raw. He had some chances that he should have capitalized on, but alas he is only eighteen. It will be interesting to see where he stands at the end of preseason in Rodgers’ mind. Personally, I think he will spend another season on loan, given our depth in the winger position and Ibe’s need for first team action.
Another usual suspect that seemed a level ahead was Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho has everything to prove after getting snubbed by Scolari in the World Cup. I sense that this season will be a special one for him.
As for now, Liverpool’s next match is against Preston North End on July 19. Kick off is at 3pm BST.