New Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate described it as an ‘unforgettable second’ to make his first look for the Reds following his £36m switch from RB Leipzig, enjoying in a 30-minute mini-friendly towards Stuttgart that ended 1-1.
Konate was chosen by Jurgen Klopp to play within the second of the back-to-back mini-games, with the primary towards Wacker Innsbruck additionally ending 1-1.
“It’s an unforgettable second for me,” the centre-back instructed LiverpoolFC.com.
“Sure, with out our followers – however I’m very, very comfortable. Just a bit bit unhappy – very unhappy – as a result of we didn’t win. But it surely’s OK, I’m comfortable.”
Discussing how he personally obtained on, Konate added, “I used to be very pleased with the staff on the pitch; good communication with everyone. Step-by-step we can be higher, that is the primary time in pre-season. We’re ready for the following sport.”
Regardless of not successful both sport, Klopp was happy for his squad to get some sport time.
“Bodily it was all that we needed to see, we needed to do it and it was an essential check for that,” the Liverpool additionally instructed the membership’s official website.
“From a soccer standpoint, clearly loads of area for enchancment; I noticed loads of wild urgent. We needed a wild press, we had somewhat competitors between the 2 groups to see who wins the ball again extra and what number of counter-presses we now have.
“I’m actually comfortable about it, it’s all good. I noticed what I anticipated to see, really – it could be unusual if I used to be standing right here and saying, ‘My god, I didn’t know we will play this sort of soccer’, however I’m advantageous with it and now we hold working.”
Liverpool’s subsequent pre-season check is a full size match towards Mainz on Friday, though Klopp has already stated it could be a ‘shock’ if Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez are able to make their returns from long-term harm, regardless of resuming full coaching.