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Thailand friendly defeat not a problem

Liverpool were soundly beaten 4-0 by Manchester United in the opening game of their pre-season preparations, but it’s not the end of the world.

The Reds showed off their newly-launched away kit as they struggled to keep up with Erik ten Hag’s men in Bangkok.

Jurgen Klopp used a total of 32 players throughout the game, with bulk substitutions made every 30 minutes in order to give everyone a game.

There were debuts for Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez, but the result is of very little importance. It is the first game back from the summer break and more important for the players to leave the field without injuries or muscle strains.

“Obviously the game came a little bit too early for us, for some of our boys, so I think we agree that we saw a lot of good things in this game, but in the decisive moments we were not clear enough with finishing our situations off,” said Klopp after the game.

“We gave massive chances away, pretty much. Pretty much no-brainers, but United did well in these moments, they finished the situations off. We admit that, but that’s it pretty much.

“The most important thing now after the game, even when I hate losing, everybody has 30 minutes in their legs now, for some on the third day of training it;s really harsh but that’s the life of a professional football player. So now we can work with that and will work with that.”

Next up is Crystal Palace in Singapore on Friday afternoon before heading back to Europe to face RB Leipzig on Thursday next week.