Fleetwood 0-5 Liverpool: 5 things we learned

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Liverpool eased to a 5-0 victory over League One outfit Fleetwood Town on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Ben Woodburn, Lucas Leiva, Marko Grujic and Roberto Firmino (two).

It may have only been a pre-season friendly, but it was an impressing outing from a fairly strong Liverpool side.

The Reds, of course, kick-off their Premier League season with a testing fixture against rivals Arsenal, so it's fair to say that Jurgen Klopp will be determined to get his side fully prepared.


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Despite it only being a friendly, there were a couple of hot topics to come out of the game.

Here are five things Liverpool learned:

Ben Woodburn looks special

Right, first thing's first, Ben Woodburn is only 16-years-old, so it would be foolish to claim that he's going to be a superstar.

But, you can't exactly ignore his performance against Fleetwood. At such a tender age, he produced a fine performance and certainly appears to have something special about him.

His goal may have only been a tap-in, but it was fully deserved after a fine, disciplined performance from the left side of midfield.

After enjoying a successful outing against Tranmere on Friday night, there's no reason why Woodburn won't continue to impress during pre-season.

Following the youngster's performance, as per, Klopp said: "Woodburn is a natural offensive player. It is nice to see, really nice to see.

"We are ready to work with the boys, they will improve – and they have to improve – but it was absolutely fine. They still have to learn and they have to improve, of course, but they all can play football and that is really good to see."

Klopp wants perfection

Let's be honest, Klopp was never going to get too carried away following a victory against a side in England's third tier, but his comments following the game should please the club's fans at this stage.

Despite his side being well and truly in control of proceedings at the interval, the Liverpool boss insisted that he "was not happy" with how his team played.

There's always room for improvement and, with Klopp in charge, it's clearly required on Merseyside.

He said: "They are a little bit tired. Really good players, smart players, well educated – I am happy with this. I saw a few good things, chances we created and a few good defensive actions and good individual performances from one or two players.

"But we have to work, that is clear. In the first half especially, I was not happy with the team play. In a game like this, if the only situations you have are because of the individual quality of the player then something is wrong.

"Like we scored the goals in the second half – it was a nice pass, a good run, another nice pass and an easy goal. That is how football should work. We did better in the second half."

Marko Grujic already making an impact

As well as hitting the post and winning a penalty, new boy Marko Grujic found the back of the net with a well-taken goal.

Grujic, 20, certainly impressed on his debut for the Merseyside outfit and may well have an important role to play for the Reds next season.

Comfortable in possession, Grujic looked very fit and could prove to be quite the coup for Klopp, who praised him after the game.

"He scored a goal in his first game in the first situation – it is a dream," Klopp said.

"You saw it, in a friendly game not often a player celebrates like him but obviously it was a big moment. It was nice to see.

"He is still a young lad – he is 20 years old and that means there is a lot to develop physically and, of course, in the football parts. But it was absolutely OK [his debut]."

Loris Karius has a bright future

It must be noted that Liverpool's new goalkeeper hardly had a save to make against Fleetwood, but his presence in the side shouldn't be underestimated.

While Belgium 'keeper Simon Mignolet often caused confusion and panic between the sticks last term, Karius appears very calm and level headed.

Despite only being 23-years-old - and extremely inexperienced on English soil - Karius wasn't afraid to keep his defenders at bay and his confidence will only increase with every passing game.

Of course, far greater tests will come, but Reds fans should be excited by the fact that Karius has every chance of starting the new season as the club's No.1.

He's recently revealed, as per Yahoo! Sport, that he's decided against playing in the Olympics to focus on his Liverpool career. You can't argue with that.

"I spoke with the manager and we said that it doesn't make sense for me to go to the Olympics as I would miss the first two league games of the season and of course I want to play in them," Karius told the British media.

"We agreed together I wouldn't be going (to Rio). First I spoke with Jurgen and then together we spoke with the German people who wanted me to go.

"The priority is the club. It's more important that I am available for the start of the season."

Liverpool will be ready

It's probably best to finish on this note; Klopp will absolutely make sure Liverpool are ready for the new campaign.

As mentioned, the club have an extremely tough challenge against Arsenal at the Emirates to begin their campaign, but it doesn't get any easier for them.

That's because they also play Tottenham, Leicester City and Chelsea in their opening five league games. It's going to be tough, but fitness and preparation most definitely won't be an issue.

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Steven Gerrard
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