A late own goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Mainz in the Bundesliga in their first full pre-season game in Austria.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the best opportunity of the first half, seeing his effort in the box well saved by Robin Zentner, before Liverpool changed all 11 players at half-time at Grodig’s Goldberg Stadium.
Mainz had their own chances in a lackluster second half, as substitute goalkeeper Adrian reversed Dominik Wanner’s brilliant volley straight from a corner, before Luca Kilian managed to get back on his feet as he deflected Owen Beck’s left wing center in the net (87).
Liverpool’s next pre-season game is Thursday against Hertha Berlin in Austria.
The team of the first half: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas, Milner, Keita, Elliott, Mane, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Second half team: Adrian, Williams, Phillips, Koumetio, Beck, Clarkson, Morton, Gordon, Jones, Minamimo, Origi
How Liverpool finally defeated Mainz
Ibrahima Konate started his first full game for Liverpool in a defensive line alongside Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kostas Tsimikas.
Bundesliga side Mainz, who have two more weeks to prepare for the new season, looked energetic in the first half hour, but created few clear opportunities to disturb Caoimhin Kelleher’s goal.
Liverpool started to turn the screw late in the first half as good work from Harvey Elliott and Mo Salah down the right flank created a chance for Sadio Mane, but his push to the near post was held back by Robin Zentner.
Zentner was tested again moments later as the impressive Naby Keita did well to find Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the left of the box, but as he opened his body to seek to slip into the most corner. distant, the goalkeeper of Mainz did well to switch behind.
Jurgen Klopp changed all of the XI players in the second half, giving Billy Koumetio, Leighton Clarkson, Kaide Gordon, Owen Beck and Tyler Morton a rare opportunity, but like the early periods of the first half, the game had some difficulty. hard to start.
Mainz sub Tauer had a nice chance to open the scoring, receiving the ball to his chest in the box, but his bizarre finish was weak enough that Liverpool were easily cleared inside the box of six. meters.
Wanner’s superb volley in a pierced corner forced Adrian to reverse the bar with 10 minutes left, before Liverpool took their win in a bizarre fashion.
Beck was played behind on the left channel by Divock Origi, and his dangerous cross was turned into his own net by defender Kilian, who was unable to get back on his feet with Gordon behind him.
Mainz almost equalized a minute before the hour thanks to young Timothe Rupil, but his free kick was well mastered by Adrian.
Liverpool take on Hertha Berlin on Thursday July 29 at 7.20pm at Tivoli Stadion Tirol in Innsbruck, Austria.