After a break of almost three months, English Premier League leader Liverpool played a friendly match against Blackburn at Anfield, winning 6-0.
“For us, this was not just a preparatory match, but a really important test. It looked really good, but everything was weird without the fans. Football wouldn’t be a game without the fans. We love it because of the atmosphere and all that, but it’s ours now situation, so we have to accept that,” Jurgen Klopp said.
In fact, in the first round of the sequel, Liverpool awaits the city derby against Everton at Goodison Park on June 21.
Moreover, the Reds need two more wins in the remaining nine rounds to mathematically confirm winning the title. These friendly bouts are thus crucial for them to configure their own standing after the long break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Interestingly, Klopp tried out as many as 23 players and Blackburn coach Tony Mowbray tried 22 players.
Sadio Mane scored the first goal in the 10th minute, and by the end of the first half, Naby Keita (23) and Takumi Minamino (36) were among the scorers. Joel Matip (68), Ki-Jan Hoever (69) and Leighton Clarkson (84) also scored goals in the continuation of the match.
Klopp also referred to the new protocol in which the match took place:
“The guys went home without a shower right after the game. I have no idea how it will work when we play outside of our stadium. We want to focus entirely on football and whatever happens around us, we will accept it.”