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Coutinho-Less Liverpool End Pre-Season With Victory

Club Friendly: Liverpool v Athletic Bilbao 05 August 2017

By SL International - Aug 05, 2017 08:03 PM

Club Friendly

Result: Liverpool v Athletic Bilbao

Date: 05 August 2017

Venue: Aviva Stadium

Liverpool, who were without Philippe Coutinho, ended their pre-season with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Aviva Stadium.

Coutinho was left out of the squad for the day due to a back problem, while Adam Lallana has been ruled out for four months.

After quiet stat to the encounter, the Reds broke the deadlock in the 21st minute as Roberto Firmino fired home from the penalty spot.

Bilbao managed to level matters in the 30th minute as Inaki Williams took advantage of some poor defending to fire into the bottom corner.

The Reds nearly restored their lead just before the break, but Kepa Arrizabalaga produced a good save to keep out Alberto Moreno's cross.

The score remained 1-1 as the sides entered the halftime break.

Jurgen Klopp's charges did restore their lead int he 59th minute as Ben Woodburn collected pass from Dominic Solanke before curling the ball into the far corner.

Bilbao opted for a double change in the 70th minute as Juan Benat, De Marcos and Sola were introduced.

However, it was Liverpool who sealed the win in the 80th minute as Solanke registered his name on the score-sheet by heading home Ragnar Klavan's cross, 3-1.



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