Aug 6, 2017
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Three things learnt from Liverpool’s pre-season win over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin

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It was Liverpool’s final pre-season friendly in Dublin and the Reds saw it out in style with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

The Reds got off to a good start with Roberto Firmino converting from the penalty spot, but catastrophic defending allowed Inaki Williams to equalise after Dejan Lovren froze.

Ben Woodburn put his side back in front in the second half with a fine finish before Dominic Solanke added a third, as Liverpool ended the game easing to victory comfortably.

Here are three things that The Boot Room learnt from the tie…

Alberto Moreno could be the solution to Liverpool’s midfield headache

Moreno looked a completely different player against Bayern Munich last week and replicated that quality against Athletic Bilbao. The Spaniard was imperious going forwards and looked a real threat whilst remain responsible at the back, something he struggled to do in the past.

That could open the door to James Milner returning to midfield, particularly with Adam Lallana ruled out for the start of the season. Moreno could share the left-back role with Andrew Robertson, but it may be a gamble for Jurgen Klopp to make such a call even if he cannot add a midfielder to the ranks.

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Dominic Solanke is a huge threat

The former Chelsea man once again stood out as a real threat. Adding his second headed goal of pre-season, he reacted perfectly to Ragnar Klavan’s surprisingly pinpoint cross to head past Kepa with a great finish.

Solanke showed that he was comfortable drifting wide and deep to help his team-mates, something that Jurgen Klopp is known to value. Such flexibility and such an impressive work rate may go some way to helping Solanke edge past the likes of Divock Origi in the pecking order.

Ben Woodburn is one to watch

Woodburn has struggled to hit the headlines as he did on his debut against Leeds when he scored a late winner, but performances like this one will do exactly that. The highlight was an exquisite finish from the edge of the box, taking a nice touch to set himself up before curling into the corner.

Playing in a deeper role behind the front three, Woodburn was a dangerman throughout and was instrumental in creating and setting up chances for his team-mates. In the absence of Philippe Coutinho, he could shine.

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Athletic Bilbao · Liverpool · Match Reaction

Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.