Liverpool’s squad might be comprised of a whole host of high-profile footballers but not all of them, for various reasons, find themselves in action for their respective countries this week.
Subsequently, Jurgen Klopp decided to organise a behind-closed-doors friendly for those players not involved in international matches over the next few days.
A 90-minute game against Championship side Huddersfield was arranged for Friday afternoon - but it didn’t go well for Klopp’s men.
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Despite being able to call on the likes of James Milner, Joel Matip , Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, Liverpool slumped to a 2-1 defeat, per the Mirror.
The Reds took the lead through 18-year-old midfielder Ovie Ejaria, but Huddersfield won the match courtesy of goals from Jack Payne and Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer.
In goal for Liverpool was the experienced former Austria international Alex Manninger, who turned 39 in June.
A few positives for Klopp
Despite the defeat, there are a few positives Klopp will take from the match.
Firmino was reportedly lively, the players not on international duty keep up their fitness levels ahead of next Saturday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City while Ejaria also caught the eye.
Ejaria to realise his huge potential?
Earlier this week, Liverpool Academy coach Michael Beale told the Liverpool Echo that the teenager was starting to realise his immense potential.
“I used to drive Ovie to training for his Sunday League team when he was six or seven years old,” Beale commented.
“We used to live in the same area in south London and he would come into the development centre when I worked at Chelsea. We always kept in contact down the years.
“Even at that age you could see what unbelievable technical ability he had. Now he’s starting to show that and I’m so pleased for him.
“We had to wait for his body to grow but now everyone is seeing what we can do. This summer he opened everyone’s eyes to his potential.”
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