Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool began their pre-season fixtures against Tranmere Rovers with a 4-0 win. Scroll through our live matchday blog for a recap of the game at Prenton Park.
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- Milner penalty puts Liverpool ahead and Grujic doubles lead
- Chirivella grabs Reds' third just after half-time
- Woodburn spot kick makes it 4-0
And that's a wrap...
...thanks for following our coverage tonight. We'll be back again in less than 48 hours' time with a live blog from Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
The manager's view
Jürgen Klopp reflected on Liverpool's 4-0 win at Tranmere Rovers in his post-match press conference, chatting about his side's performance and the club's summer transfer business. Click here to read what he had to say.
The story of tonight's game in numbers...
It's all over at Prenton Park and Liverpool get their pre-season programme off to a winning start with a 4-0 success over Tranmere Rovers thanks to goals from James Milner (pen), Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn (pen).
Solanke spins into space inside the area, but is denied a goal on his debut by a smart reflex stop from Luke Pilling.
And it should be 5-0... But Markovic blasts over the crossbar from 10 yards out.
The playmaker elects to take the penalty himself... and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 4-0.
Penalty to Liverpool
Woodburn goes down under a challenge and the Reds have a second spot kick of the night.
Ryan Kent strikes a free-kick goalwards... It hits the ball and loops onto the roof of the net.
A change for the Reds here and Kamil Grabara is on for Loris Karius in goal.
A rare chance for Tranmere as the ball breaks for Mangan at a free-kick, but he's denied by a sprawling save from Karius.
Woodburn is denied by a fine flying save from Davies after good work from Solanke.
On the subject of goals, registered users can savour Marko Grujic's stunner for free below...
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Liverpool grab their third goal of the night as Chirivella lashes home a loose ball inside the area after Davies had saved Solanke's stinging effort on the turn.
Earlier chance as Chirivella's attempt to hook the ball into the top corner from a standing position is thwarted by Davies.
We're back underway at Prenton Park, with Liverpool kicking us off.
Our second-half team
Here's how we'll line up for the second 45 minutes at Prenton Park, with only Loris Karius staying on and a debut for Dominic Solanke.
Karius, Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Stewart, Chirivella, Woodburn, Markovic, Kent, Solanke.
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The story of the first half in numbers...
The Reds hold a two-goal lead at the interval thanks to James Milner's penalty and a wonderful long-range hit from Marko Grujic.
...what a goal that was from Marko Grujic, who picks up the ball 25 yards out, takes a touch and then absolutely hammers one into the bottom corner with a crisp hit.
Magnificent from the youngster.
Milner uses Henderson's run into space down the left as a decoy before striking towards the top corner himself. He's a matter of inches away from finding the top bin.
No mistake from Milner!
Liverpool have a deserved lead at Prenton Park as the vice-skipper converts from 12 yards.
Penalty to Liverpool
Davies collides with Ojo in the box as they both attempt to reach a loose ball and a spot kick is awarded.
Liverpool threaten to open the scoring once more.
Grujic smacks one towards goal from just inside the box, which Davies does well to repel. The rebound looks set to be swept into the back of the net by Sturridge, but McNulty makes a recovery challenge to thwart the striker and Tranmere survive.
Sturridge cuts in from wide and arrows a left-foot drive towards the near post... Swept up by Davies.
Well, that would have been an interesting goal...
Henderson's ball forward picks out Wijnaldum's run forward, but it bounces off the Dutchman's heel and almost loops over Davies; however, the goalkeeper is able to gather at a stretch.
Liverpool go close again as Ojo speeds down the right, cuts inside and shoots left-footed...but McNulty heads behind his own goal.
Lucas flicks on a corner at the near post and Matip scoops over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box. Unlucky!
Audacious effort from Hughes, who tries to chip Karius from fully 45 yards. The 'keeper gathers on his line, however.
Ojo collects Milner's ball forward in the opening seconds and nudges it around Scott Davies, but he can't guide his shot into the net and it flies wide.
Tranmere kick us off at Prenton Park as Liverpool contest their first pre-season friendly of the summer.
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The gaffer speaks...
... to LFCTV ahead of kick-off. Tune in to our live coverage and hear what he had to say from 7.15pm BST.
Inside the away dressing room...
Jürgen meets a young fan...
...and is clearly impressed by the skills of this potential star of the future!
📋 | @TranmereRovers subs: C Jennings, Pilling, Clarke, Gumbs, Dunn, Solomon-davies, Owusu (trialist), Mangan #TRFC ⚪️🔵— TranmereRovers (Tranmere Rovers FC) 12th Jul 17:54
📋 | @TranmereRovers XI: Davies; Buxton, McNulty, Sutton, Ridehalgh; Duggan, Harris, Hughes, Norburn; Cook, Norwood #TRFC ⚪️🔵— TranmereRovers (Tranmere Rovers FC) 12th Jul 17:53
Liverpool's second-half team take in their surroundings ahead of kick-off...
The boss is here...
The Reds have arrived at the stadium and players are beginning to head out onto the pitch to take in the surroundings that will host them this evening.
Snaps to follow...
Follow every kick tonight
We also have free audio commentary featuring former Reds striker David Fairclough - access that by clicking here.
There is no Divock Origi, Alberto Moreno or Dejan Lovren for Liverpool tonight – they all have minor muscle strains, none of which are serious.
Liverpool will make 10 changes at half-time tonight, here’s how the line-up will look in the second period…
Reds’ second-half team: Karius, Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Stewart, Chirivella, Woodburn, Markovic, Kent, Solanke.
Kamil Grabara and Connor Randall are Liverpool’s additional subs.
So the maiden team sheet of 2017-18 is in and it confirms a return to action for Jordan Henderson, who makes a first appearance since February.
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge.
The scene in the sun
Here's how things look at Prenton Park as we await team news...
Jürgen also gave us the latest news on Sadio Mane's recovery from his knee injury.
Watch the video below, or click here to read the boss' update on our No.19.
One man we know will definitely feature at some point tonight is Jordan Henderson.
That's because Jürgen Klopp himself told us so when we sat down for a chat with the boss at Melwood on Tuesday.
Watch the manager discuss his captain's return below, or click here to read what he said...
News about team news
Ordinarily, we bring you confirmed team news around an hour before kick-off - but not tonight.
Instead, Jürgen Klopp's starting XI and subs will be announced exclusively on Liverpoolfc.com and our social media channels at 6pm BST.
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Good afternoon and welcome to Liverpoolfc.com's live matchday blog, with Jürgen Klopp's team taking on Tranmere Rovers at 7.45pm BST in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
It's been seven-and-a-half weeks since Liverpool sealed fourth spot in the Premier League by beating Middlesbrough 3-0 on the final day of last season.
We're certainly looking forward to watching the Reds play again. Are you?!