Liverpool, boosted by the return of a number of key players, ended their pre-season on a high as they comfortably ran out 3-1 winners against Lyon in Geneva.
The game started in the worst possible way for Liverpool, with Alisson
Liverpool eventually grew into the game and Roberto Firmino levelled in the 17th minute, a fierce low drive into the bottom corner. Only four minutes later, they took the lead courtesy of a spectacular own-goal from Joachim Andersen - following a dangerous Ki-Jana Hoever cross.
There was a fantastic tempo, and Liverpool began to dominate the game with chances for Mohamed Salah and Harry Wilson.
The Reds greater intent was rewarded with a third less than ten minutes into the second half, as Wilson rifled home a venomous drive from 25 yards out - on the same day he was linked with a £25m move to Bournemouth.
From there on, it was plain sailing as Liverpool took control - here's 90min's full review of the game.
Key Talking Point
Liverpool welcomed back star men Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Firmino - and it was clear to see their importance to the side. The other boost for Reds fans is that Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri returned to the starting line-up following injury lay-offs.
Firmino and Shaqiri only lasted 30 minutes, but that's all they needed to make a significant contribution.
A strong performance to end pre-season — Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2019
Next up, we head to Wembley
Keita was clearly keen to put in a strong performance, and he did exactly that on his return. Most notably however, Adam Lallana was outstanding in dictating the tempo of the game - leaving Jurgen Klopp with a big decision ahead of Sunday's Community Shield clash with Manchester City.
The surprising reoccurring issue in pre-season for the Reds is their shaky defence - and it was once again on show in this performance. Lyon started the game brightly but faded drastically as the game wore on, yet they were still able to carve open a rusty defence.
But seriously, what's happened to the solidity we came to know all season last season? Really worried now.— chege ndegwa (@chegendegwa) July 31, 2019
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed after coming on, but it was 16-year-old Harvey Elliott who stood out in his cameo role, picking up some intelligent positions in-between the opposition's midfield and defence.
Substitutes: Milner (6), Brewster (6), Lewis (5),
Don’t you dare loan out/sell Harry Wilson this season. Guy has a top left foot. @LFC— Mario Flores (@MarioFloresR) July 31, 2019
Starting XI: Lopes (6); Dubois (5), Anderson (4), Denayer (6), Marca (5)l; Thiago Mendes (6), Aouar (6), Jean Lucas (5); Traore (6), Dembele (5), Memphis (6)
Substitutes: Rafael (5), Marcelo (5), Tatarusanu (6), Cheikh (5), Tousart (5), Caqueret (5), Kitala (5), Tete (5), Solet (5), Gouiri (5), Forfana (N/A),
They put in a solid showing in their final pre-season game, but they will be looking to push on as they aim to dethrone the Citizens from atop of the Premier League during the upcoming campaign.