Chester 0-7 Liverpool: Wilson and Sturridge stake a claim as Reds pre-season gets underway

Chester 0-7 Liverpool: Wilson and Sturridge stake a claim as Reds pre-season gets underway
The Deva Stadium is set to be full on Saturday as the Premier League visitors arrive (Photo credit: Barrington Coombs)
Chester
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Liverpool
Chester: Shenton, Smalley, Moran, Howson, Pritchard, Roberts, Burton, Stopforth, Mahon, Hughes, Archer
Liverpool: First half: Karius, Clyne, Gomez, Phillips, Moreno, Fabinho, Jones, Woodburn, Wilson, Solanke, Origi // Second half: Ward, Robertson, Klavan, Phillips, Camacho, Milner, Keita, Kent, Ojo, Ings, Sturridge
SCORE: Wilson 37', 45' Milner (Pen) 47' Sturridge 53' 89' Kent 55' Ings 79'
REFEREE: Rob Jones (Wirral)
INCIDENTS: Chester and Liverpool begin their pre-season preparations in the sun at the Deva Stadium in front of a crowd of around 5000.

Thanks for following this coverage of Chester vs Liverpool. With an England win to celebrate, too, it has been the perfect afternoon for Liverpool, whose pre-season preparations are now well underway.

For Chester, they will relish the experience. With fewer options on the bench, they tired as the game wore on. They won't face anyone close to this standard as they look to get promoted again this season having been relegated in 2017/18.

Harry Wilson and Daniel Sturridge were the big winners this afternoon, grabbing a brace each. James Milner looked sharp in midfield and young players such as Rafa Camacho and Curtis Jones looked assured.

FULL TIME. An excellent start to pre-season from Liverpool is brought to an end. Two from Wilson in the first period put Liverpool in charge, before Chester tired in the second half.

90' Milner and Keita exchange passes as Liverpool regain the ball once more.

GOAL! Sturridge with a superb curled strike into the bottom corner. Another reminder of how good he can be when fit.

88' Liverpool are content with keeping possession as the full-time whistle nears. 

86' Almost a sensational pass from Klavan to find Robertson, but the goalkeeper comes out to collect before the Scot could latch onto it.

85' Ings twists and turns before setting up Ojo, but his shot was closed down. Ings should have passed sooner to give Ojo a chance.

82' Wild from Milner. A world-class backheel from Sturridge plays in Kent, but then Milner slashes a shot wide from close range.

81' Ojo gets in behind but his cross is poorly placed and is easily cut out. He should have done more from that position.

80' Camacho makes a timely tackle and Sturridge almost plays in Ings, but his pass is intercepted.

GOAL! Ings finishes a great passing move. Milner played in Kent, who flicked it into his path, and Ings puts it into the back of the net.

78' Ojo forces a shot that rebounds to Sturridge, but he is narrowly offside.

77' Liverpool caught offside again, as Sturridge plays a great pass into the path of Ings. Sturridge has been very impressive in this second half.

76' Composed play from Camacho, playing at right-back despite normally operating as a winger, and he brings the ball out from the back under pressure.

74' Milner looks for Ings but the forward is well offside.

73' Sturridge chips an effort over the top after good combination play with Kent on the left.

72' The game is back underway. Alex Downes has come on for Pritchard.

70' Keita forces his way through into the penalty area, but his eventual shot is sliced wide with his left foot. We have another water break.

69' Chester really feeling the pace of the game now as Ojo and Milner combine on the right. Ojo has been bright since coming on.

67' Ings goes down after a heavy challenge. He'll be fine to continue.

64' Ojo is cynically hauled back as he races past Pritchard. A clear yellow if it wasn't a friendly. Liverpool earn a free kick in a good position on the edge of the area, but Robertson's cross goes straight through for a goal-kick.

62' Ward's goal kick almost sets Ings through on goal, but he can't quite get the ball under control.

60' Ings concedes a free kick as he tries to press the Chester back line.

58' Liverpool even more in control now thanks to those two goals. Dominic Smalley and Jordan Archer both come off for Chester, who now look very weary.

GOAL! What a strike from Ryan Kent! Robertson tees him up and that goes right into the corner from 25 yards. Great strike.

GOAL! A neat finish from Sturridge. Keita wins the ball back high up the pitch and Sturridge finishes clinically.

53' Offside against Sturridge after Klavan looked to play him in with a good looking through pass.

52' Good skill from Ojo and he wins a free kick from Gary Stopforth.

48' Rhian Hellawell replaces Hughes for Chester. Phillips has also been replaced by Pedro Chirivella for Liverpool, so it is an entirely new eleven for them. The Spaniard will play at centre-back, although he is normally a midfielder.

GOAL! 3-0 Liverpool and it's Milner from the spot. Ojo was brought down when through on goal. 

46' The second half is underway. Cain Noble and Dan Mooney are both on for Chester. Craig Mahon is one of those to come off.

Chester could make changes too, with two trialists among their substitutes who will be keen to make an impact against Premier League opposition.

Liverpool will make ten changes at half-time, with only Nat Phillips staying on the field. Andy Robertson and James Milner are among those who will be coming on, as well as Rafa Camacho, who impressed for the under-23s last season.

A dominant display from Liverpool in the first period. The Reds are in complete control. Naby Keita is expected to be one of the many half-time changes, making a much-anticipated debut, so don't go anywhere!

And it's half-time. A double for Wilson and Liverpool head into the tunnel two goals ahead. 

GOAL! A second for Wilson with a great touch and finish.

43' Fabinho knocks a poor pass out of play and then Karius catches a cross easily as it comes into the box.

40' Wilson looks to play in Origi, but the Belgian forward goes too soon and is called offside. Replays show he was onside and should have been in on goal there.

GOAL! Harry Wilson delicately chips a ball over the top of the outrushing goalkeeper after Moreno's initial shot was charged down. A big boost for the Welsh winger! It's the perfect start to the most important pre-season of his career.

37' Liverpool's second half team are warming up on the side of the pitch. The game remains goalless.

35' Solanke does well to find Moreno on the left side, but when the cross comes in, it's easily headed clear.

34' Fabinho wins a free kick in the middle of the pitch as he is brought down.

32' Origi chases a pass down the right but Shenton comes out of his goal to clear into touch.

29' Big cheer around the stadium as news of England's goal against Sweden is announced over the tannoy.

28' Wilson puts a tame volley into the goalkeeper's hands after Clyne's cross into the box. Liverpool getting closer to a breakthrough.

26' Scott Burton almost heads into his own net but somehow keeps the ball out on the line. Fabinho then hits the post from the edge of the box before Wilson is called offside after hitting the side netting.

25' The corner is wasted by Mahon, and Liverpool break away. Origi goes through on goal and should score after he was played in by Jones. The Belgian should have opened the scoring.

24' Nat Phillips heads the free kick clear as play recommences. Corner to Chester.

23' Jurgen Klopp takes the break as an opportunity for some coaching, with Ben Woodburn among those the instructions are directed towards.

22' Craig Mahon drifts past a couple of challenges before Fabinho brings him down. It will be a free kick to Chester after a short scheduled water break halfway through the first period.

19' Good feet from Jones before he finds Alberto Moreno, who is fouled by Hughes near the corner flag. Moreno takes the kick and it sails out of play for a goal-kick.

17' Matty Hughes is caught offside for Chester as the hosts look to come forward on the right.

15' No massive chances for Liverpool so far. They have been comfortable in possession but a few sloppy errors in midfield have provided Chester with a respite.

13' Big chance for Solanke. His shot is well blocked by Steve Howson from just inside the area.

12' Wilson's shot from the free kick hits the wall and rebounds to safety.

11' Wilson wins a free kick on the edge of the box as he is brought down by John Pritchard.

9' Jordan Archer finds himself in on goal and forces a good save from Loris Karius with his feet. Wilson lost the ball easily in a dangerous position. Corner to Chester, but it comes to nothing.

7' Clyne smashes a low cross across the box. He doesn't find a red shirt and probably made the wrong decision when he should have looked to pick someone out.

6' Dominic Solanke swings at the ball wildly on the edge of the box having been teed up by Curtis Jones. It falls for Wilson, whose low shot is charged down.

5' Wilson finds Clyne who slides in Origi, whose shot is straight at Grant Shenton in Chester's goal.

3' Liverpool have had all the possession early on, with good touches for Harry Wilson and Nathaniel Clyne.

1' Fabinho gets his first touch of the ball for Liverpool, before Joe Gomez plays a long ball into Divock Origi, but the ball floats through to the goalkeeper.

KICK OFF! Liverpool get the game underway.

England are moments away from kicking off in their most important game in over a decade, but Chester vs Liverpool will be starting shortly too. The players are shaking hands ahead of the game, which will be underway in a few moments.

Kick-off is just under 15 minutes away in the glorious Chester sunshine. Stay tuned for updates as pre-season gets underway.

Fabinho has come out from the tunnel for his first warm up in a red shirt. Applause from the Liverpool end greets the players as they walk onto the pitch. Chester's players are now also on the pitch conducting their drills ahead of the game.

Loris Karius has emerged onto the field to warm up. It's currently 25°C with a light breeze. The rest of the starting outfield players will be joining their goalkeeper on the pitch shortly.

It's also a big day for Chester's management duo Andy Johnson and Bernard Morley who take charge of their first game at their new club. Formerly in charge of Salford City, the pair were appointed at Chester in May.

A big day, then, for a number of players. For the Reds, Loris Karius plays for the first time since Kiev, and under-23 players Nat Phillips and Rafa Camacho are handed a chance to impress. The same goes for returning loan players Daniel Sturridge, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo. For Chester, their players will relish facing some of Liverpool's stars as they prepare for their upcoming Vanarama National League campaign.

Chester subs: Mooney, Brown, Trialist, Hellawell, Thomson, Murray, Downes, Trialist (GK), Noble, Marsh-Hughes

Chester starting XI: Shenton, Smalley, Moran, Howson, Pritchard, Roberts, Burton, Stopforth, Mahon, Hughes, Archer

Liverpool second half XI: Ward, Robertson, Klavan, Phillips, Camacho, Milner, Keita, Kent, Ojo, Ings, Sturridge

Liverpool first half XI: Karius, Clyne, Gomez, Phillips, Moreno, Fabinho, Jones, Woodburn, Wilson, Solanke, Ings

Liverpool have named two different elevens for each half, with Fabinho making his debut in the first period, and Naby Keita coming on at half-time.

The game kicks off at 3pm UK time, and the lineups will be provided as soon as we have them.

While we wait for team news, why not check out the rest of Liverpool's pre-season plans or reminisce about last season to pass the time? For both the Reds and for hosts Chester FC, pre-season begins here.

Team news: Adam Lallana misses out through illness while Joel Matip is still not fully over a thigh injury picked up in March. Dutch internationals Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum are both not set to return to Melwood until Sunday having been afforded extra time off after completing international duties despite not being involved in the World Cup. Loris Karius could make his return in his first outing since the Champions League final.

Most eyes will be on Russia as Gareth Southgate's men, including Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and right-back Trent Alexander Arnold, look to progress deeper in the competition, but this game promises to be intriguing too. With new arrivals playing and forgotten players such as Daniel Sturridge back in contention, it will be worth keeping tabs on.

While England battle Sweden for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup, make sure you keep updated with what's happening here where Naby Keita and Fabinho are expected to make their debuts, and others such as Divock Origi and Harry Wilson are hoping to make a splash having returned from loan spells.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of Chester vs Liverpool live result from the Deva Stadium, with me Matt Addison.