5 European cups, 18 league titles, 7 FA Cups, 7 League cups, but now a defeat to Tranmere to add to their illustrious name, a lacklustre Liverpool side stumbled their way to a 2-0 loss against their Mersey neighbours.
Albeit a misfiring reserve side, there were plenty of good signs for the Rovers faithful to get excited about, after finishing pre-season on a high, as they look forward to welcoming newly promoted Chesterfield to Prenton Park on Saturday for their first game of the new anticipated season.
Dave Buchanan, one of Rovers new signings of the summer looked promising at the back, and clinical going forward as he produced a left foot dynamite to leave Liverpool’s Brad Jones grounded, whilst trialist Mustafa Tiryaki calmly slotted home the second to ease Tranmere to victory.
And despite manager Les Parry making 8 changes at half time, his side continued to dominate the game, proving that Parry has strength in depth this season, something which he undoubtedly lacked in previous seasons.
Since 2008, the annual outing between these two teams in pre-season has finished with the premier league giants unbeaten; however this Rovers side looked sharp, impressive and ready for the new season, a good omen that this season will be different from previous disappointing seasons perhaps?
The opposition? Although this defeat would not have pleased the Anfield outfit, there second string did at times show why they are Premier league players. Wonder kid Raheem Sterling quietly stated what all the fuss was about with minor sparks of brilliance from the youngster, whilst Daniel Ayala made a claim to manager Kenny Dalglish, to edge his way into the Liverpool side for the forthcoming season, but this was far from what was expected from Reserves Manager Rodolfo Borell, and one would hope from a liverpool perspective that the second team are capable of performing significantly better then they did against the Rovers.
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