On Saturday, Liverpool thrashed a strong Barcelona side 4-0 at Wembley and their fans were, understandably, rather excited.
The players must have left the pitch really looking forward to next week’s opening Premier League clash against Arsenal. First, though, they had to travel to Jurgen Klopp’s former side Mainz for their final pre-season friendly.
Playing two matches in less than 24 hours may have raised a few eyebrows. And those Liverpool fans that hoped they would be entering the league campaign on a high, were dealt a massive blow by the Bundesliga club.
That’s because, after beating Lionel Messi and co. 4-0 at Wembley, the same side lost 4-0 to Mainz just the very next day.
Ok, we say ‘same side’ but there were plenty of changes made by Klopp. Nonetheless, with the likes of Joel Matip, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi all in the starting XI, a much better performance, and result, was expected from the Reds.
As you’d expect after being humiliated 4-0, Liverpool fans were absolutely furious on Twitter. Check out some of the reaction:
That was the reaction from the fans, and this is what Klopp had to say after the match:
“After the match (I said) nothing, at half time... it was not how it should be. It was a hard day for us, an important lesson for us. We have to trust our style of play, our philosophy, and how we want to defend.
“If we lose organisation in a moment, it can happen. But use it, don’t suffer. We should not lose 4-0 but it happens.
“It’s always the wrong way, we could not stop smiling (after Barca) and that wasn’t right, today we are disappointed and that’s not right too.
“We are in a good way, we will be strong for Arsenal, we did up to now a really good job.
We need to find other solutions. This work will never stop. The line-up was a compromise, we flew a few players in this morning, but you have to expect us to do better.”
Both the players and the fans have been brought right back down to earth with a bump ahead of next week.
But the magnificent victory against Barcelona and the devastating loss against Mainz will be long forgotten come next week when the Reds line up against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.