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Liverpool open pre-season with draws against FC Wacker Innsbruck and VfB Stuttgart |  Football news

Liverpool started their pre-season schedule with 1-1 back-to-back draws in two 30-minute mini-matches against FC Wacker Innsbruck and VfB Stuttgart.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently in Austria for a training camp, with 22 different players performing at the Salzburg fixtures.

Divock Origi’s penalty put Liverpool ahead in the evening’s opener against Innsbruck before Ronivaldo’s header secured a draw for the Austrians.

In the other game against Stuttgart, in which Ibrahima Konate made his debut, Liverpool came back from behind with Sadio Mane’s strike undoing Philipp Forster’s neat finish.

Klopp said he was “happy” with the post-match training, saying on the Liverpool club website: “Physically it was all we wanted to see, we had to do it and it was a important test for this.

“The first game was obviously a very young team, Innsbruck did well and was obviously in a better time than us as they start next week with the league and we started last week with the preseason so that’s different.

“The second game was a tough test, Stuttgart are a very good team. We started very well, then we conceded a goal. Then we came back more and more in the game and scored a very nice goal.

“I’m really happy with that, it’s okay. I saw what I expected to see, actually – it would be weird if I stood here and said, ‘My God, I didn’t know that we could play that kind of football, “but that’s fine with me and now we keep working.”

However, Klopp also admitted it would be a “surprise” if Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez were declared fit to face Bundesliga Mainz on Friday.

The defensive duo spent much of last season on the sidelines with knee injuries and spent much of the preseason tour in Austria working on their own individual programs.

“They looked really good in training and yesterday was the first day they did some really complex stuff, usually it’s either offensive or defensive and stuff like that. We have to get there, step by step, but I’m not expecting them for Friday, “Klopp added.

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