Bradford City v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool beat Bradford City 3-1 in their second pre-season friendly of the summer, with James Milner (two) and Rhian Brewster on the scoresheet at Valley Parade.
- Find out how to watch this match and every Liverpool pre-season game by going to liverpoolfc.com/watch. Rights vary by territory.
Jürgen Klopp's reaction
The boss analysed Liverpool's performance, paid tribute to Stephen Darby and discussed a new role for Adam Lallana during his post-match press conference.
Read what he had to say here.
And that’s that.
Liverpool make it two wins from two pre-season outings with a 3-1 victory over Bradford City.
James Milner scored twice early on at Valley Parade, before Rhian Brewster netted for the third time this summer shortly before the break.
Eoin Doyle pulled one back for Bradford with a late penalty, but the Reds were good value for what was a comfortable win.
Dan Atherton is on for Liverpool - and this time, in the more familiar role of goalkeeper.
The young stopper is on in place of Simon Mignolet.
Lewis trips Donaldson inside the box and Doyle steps up to convert the spot-kick for the Bantams.
Penalty to Bradford.
Millar gets in down the inside-left channel courtesy of Fabinho's pass.
The forward cuts in on his right foot and shoots, but Hornby turns his effort wide.
Millar plays a lovely little reverse pass into the path of Jones, who bursts into the area before seeing his shot deflected wide.
A first half-opening for Liverpool after the break, as Origi sees a curler from 20 yards deflected wide.
We're back under way here, with Liverpool making 10 changes at the interval.
Second-half team: Mignolet, Hoever, Gomez, Matip, Lewis, Fabinho, Woodburn, Jones, Millar, Duncan, Origi.
And there goes the whistle to bring an impressive first-half performance by Liverpool to an end.
The Reds dominated from the off here at Valley Parade and James Milner's quickfire early double - the second of which came from the spot - put them in command.
Bradford rallies briefly as the half wore on, and had a goal disallowed for offside, but Rhian Brewster's third goal of the summer shortly before the break gives the visitors a healthy cushion going into the second 45.
A swift counter-attack by Liverpool ends with Brewster's third goal of pre-season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain frees Kent down the left and the forward cuts back inside before setting up the No.15 on the edge of the box.
His low shot is partially blocked, but Brewster is quick to react and somehow squeezes the ball past O'Donnell from the tightest of angles.
Bradford's Richards-Everton thinks he's pulled a goal back after side-footing in a knock-down from a set-piece, but the flag is up to deny him.
Liverpool are continuing to zip the ball around at speed here, and look hungry for more goals.
Only a terrific save from O'Donnell denies Wilson, who attempted to lift the ball over the advancing 'keeper after being played in by Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Mignolet was a virtual spectator at the other end during the opening half an hour.
Liverpool double their advantage rapidly, with Milner slottting in a penalty with typical assurance after Ryan Kent had been fouled in the area.
And Liverpool's pressure pays dividends, with Milner's shot from distance deflecting off Vaughan and past O'Donnell.
1-0 to the Reds.
We've (hopefully!) overcome a few technical difficulties here at Valley Parade and can confirm that it remains goalless after the opening 10 minutes.
Liverpool have dominated possession and territory so far, without troubling Bradford 'keeper Richard O'Donnell.
Today our Foundation disability team will play in a friendly versus Bradford’s disability team on the pitch at half… https://t.co/WXoLA1bJ28— LFCFoundation (LFC Foundation) 14th Jul 13:29
The build-up begins
Our live build-up on LFCTV and LFCTV GO is under way and you can watch exclusive interviews and previews up to kick-off for free below...
"It's playing football for the best reason in the world" Today's game is about much more than just pre-season pre… https://t.co/Z2RxSPuyL7— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 14th Jul 13:13
The game before the game...
Terri Ritchie, Liam Brady, Ibby Awad and Martin Talbot from the LFC Foundation have travelled to today’s game with a team from the club’s Respect4All programme, who will be playing a pre-match friendly against side from Bradford Community Foundation. They’ll meet again at half-time, too.
The LFC Foundation are also handing over a signed first-team jersey to the Bradford Community Foundation to raise funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
We hope everyone involved has a very enjoyable day.
The Reds are here...
Ready to go...
The stage is set for this afternoon's friendly clash - which is Liverpool's first visit to Valley Parade since May 2001, when the Reds ran out 2-0 winners.
At Valley Parade for game No.2 of #LFC’s pre-season campaign. Last visit here was in May 2001. https://t.co/BqnDuvGPmT— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 14th Jul 12:51
Confirmed Liverpool team
Dejan Lovren starts at Valley Parade as Jürgen Klopp plans to field two different outfield teams in each half against Bradford.
First-half team: Mignolet, Clyne, Phillips, Lovren, Larouci, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilson, Kent, Brewster.
Second-half team: Mignolet, Hoever, Matip, Gomez, Lewis, Fabinho, Woodburn, Jones, Duncan, Origi, Millar.
Additional substitutes: Atherton, Johnston.
💰 COLLECTION | Please donate generously as we raise funds for The @DarbyRimmerMND Foundation. #BCAFC | #OurCity |… https://t.co/sthUjIDQvO— officialbantams (Bradford City AFC) 14th Jul 11:19
🏟 | The stage is set... #BCAFC | #OurCity | #StephenDarbyBaby https://t.co/HQlgsvkMj0— officialbantams (Bradford City AFC) 14th Jul 09:30
We'll have the confirmed Liverpool line-up for you shortly but we do already know that Dejan Lovren is set to make his first appearance of the summer at Valley Parade.
Vitezslav Jaros misses out after sustaining an injury in training, as does Paul Glatzel after his injury on Thursday, but Liam Millar is back and in the squad.
Our photographer was at Melwood on Saturday to snap the currently available squad preparing for this clash - take a look in the gallery below...
Last time out
Liverpool produced an emphatic performance in their opening pre-season match, beating Tranmere Rovers 6-0 on Thursday night. See the highlights of that one below...
After being nominated for the #StephenDarbyBaby challenge, @JamesMilner called in some backing singers, in support… https://t.co/yJvwDLQtiA— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 13th Jul 11:59
You can find more about Stephen's story and the meaning behind today's match in our story here and the video below.
More than a match
As mentioned by James Milner below, this fixture is about much more than just pre-season preparations.
The game will raise funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, launched by former Liverpool and Bradford defender Stephen Darby following his MND diagnosis and retirement from football last September.
Another runout today - but this is about more than just a pre-season friendly ⚽️👍🏼 #stephendarbybaby… https://t.co/Jvx7elXE0C— JamesMilner (James Milner) 14th Jul 10:13
A warm welcome to our second live match blog of the summer, with Liverpool set to face Bradford City in a friendly at 3pm BST today.
The game is live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 2.15pm and you can find out how to watch by visiting liverpoolfc.com/watch.
We'll also be keeping you updated on the build-up, action and reaction right here. Enjoy.