Bury 0-0 Liverpool: Lallana the stand-out as Reds struggle to break down stubborn pre-season test

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Bury 0-0 Liverpool: Lallana the stand-out as Reds struggle to break down stubborn pre-season test
Bury's Gigg Lane is not used to hosting Premier League opposition, with Liverpool visiting for the first time since 1962 (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Bury : Murphy, McFadzean, Cooney, Thompson, O'Connell, Mayor, Dagnall, Aimson, Danns, Styles, Omotayo
Liverpool: First half: Karius, Clyne, Matip, Van Dijk, Moreno, Fabinho, Milner, Jones, Ojo, Sturridge, Origi // Second half: Karius, Gomez, Phillips, Klavan, Robertson, Chirivella, Lallana, Keita, Woodburn, Camacho, Solanke
REFEREE: Darren Handley (LANCS)
INCIDENTS: A crowd of around 7000 are expected to watch the game this afternoon, with 5000 travelling from Merseyside.
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Until then, thanks for following this live coverage from Gigg Lane. I've been Matt Addison.

Liverpool will look for an improved showing at Ewood Park next Thursday, by which time Gini Wijnaldum will be back in the frame to play.

Bury were a stubborn outfit to break, and Ryan Lowe deserves praise for the way his side were set up.

Lallana and Milner both come out with lots of credit for their performances, but Origi and Chirivella were among those who struggled to impress. The Belgian striker, in particular, is at a critical point in his Reds career and needs to be doing a little more.

Liverpool could not find a way to beat either Murphy or Hudson in the Bury goal, and looked vulnerable at times at the other end with Robertson coming to the rescue at least twice. Results in pre-season are not paramount, but Klopp will be disappointed nonetheless.

FULL-TIME! Credit must go to Bury, but Liverpool will be frustrated. They could not find a goal, but will take a lot from the workout.

89' Huge chance for Camacho! The winger was played in by Keita, but when the shot arrived, it was hit with no power and Hudson saved. That should have been the breakthrough.

88' Keita looks to play Robertson in behind but massively misjudges his pass which sails out for a goal kick. Still no goals in the game as we trickle towards the full-time whistle.

86' Keita bursts in behind and finds Phillips with a low cross, but the shot from the defender goes wide under pressure.

85' Adams is nearly in on goal for Bury, but Robertson races back to the rescue again. Liverpool thought he was offside but that was not great defending again.

84' Woodburn's cross to Solanke is a better pass, but the striker's first touch was heavy and goes out for a goal kick. The Reds are lacking quality in the final third.

83' Woodburn tries to break away, but his pass towards Lallana is played behind him and the move breaks down.

82' Corner to Bury won by Adams. Liverpool under a bit of pressure but Phillips heads clear. 

80' Robertson looks for an early cross into Solanke, but it is too close to the goalkeeper, and Hudson catches easily.

78' Lallana central again as Liverpool try and score the opening goal, but Keita's ball back to him is misplaced.

77' Woodburn does well to earn a foul from Dawson. He was facing his own goal and was under pressure, so was a little fortunate to feel the contact and fall to the floor.

76' Goal disallowed for Bury! Archer put the ball in from a free-kick conceded by Chirivella, but he was called offside. It was a very tight call.

Sub: Murphy is replaced by Hudson in the Bury goal.

73' Woodburn sets up Gomez after being found by Lallana, but the right-back miscues his shot horribly. 

72' Lallana involved again as Liverpool win a corner. He has been very good so far in pre-season as he looks to stay fit. The corner is well overhit by Woodburn.

70' Just wide! Excellent work from Lallana and Keita set Camacho up, and his powerful effort goes narrowly wide of the post.

69' Grabara confidently catches a high cross from a Bury corner. The young Pole is certainly one to watch in the coming years.

68' Byron Moore, Tom Whelan and Nicky Adams have both come on for Bury. The game is back underway, with just over 20 minutes left for either side to get a goal.

66' Solanke puts a cross in towards Lallana, but it is a hard ball to poke towards goal, and he can only put it wide. Lallana is looking most likely as we enter another water break.

64' Woodburn looks for Keita inside the penalty box, but the Guinean cannot bring the ball under control.

63' Free kick to Bury in a dangerous area after Robertson was harshly adjudged to have made a foul, but the kick is overhit and comes to nothing.

Subs: Harry Bunn comes on for the home side in place of Gold Omotayo, while Jordan Archer, who played for Chester against Liverpool last week, is also on. For Liverpool, Karius is replaced by Kamil Grabara - he has escaped without another error and had next to nothing to do.

60' Lallana shoots from the edge of the box after a great turn and spin away from his man, but the effort is too central and it is an easy save.

59' Frustrating afternoon for Liverpool so far. Camacho is positive and breaks forward, setting up Woodburn, who forces a good save. Another corner.

57' Klavan gets up and wins the header, but it sails high and wide.

56' Great ball into Gomez from Keita is defended well. Another corner to Liverpool to be taken by Robertson.

54' Post! Liverpool all over the place at the back. Robertson just about chases back to block the first effort, before a second shot hits the upright. Another let-off for the Reds. Bury were in on goal twice there.

53' Robertson takes the kick which is headed back to him. A second cross is also headed out, before Gomez shoots over the bar.

52' Gomez this time is the one to get behind. Thompson concedes a corner by stretching to clear the ball into the centre.

51' Lallana gets in behind and does well to find Solanke. The forward's shot is cleared off the line by Cooney. Great play from Lallana, bursting forward from midfield.

49' Keita looking lively early in the second half. He finds Lallana, who picks out Camacho, who shoots well wide of the target.

48' Phillips sweeps up a long pass and passes to Gomez, who is playing at right-back.

47' Chirivella, playing in midfield today having spent from time in defence, concedes a foul.

46' The second half is underway. Lallana, Robertson, Woodburn, Gomez, Solanke, Chirivella, Camacho, Phillips, Klavan and Keita are all on for Liverpool. Only Karius remains on the field from the first half. Steven Dawson has come on for Bury.

Naby Keita and Adam Lallana are among the players who are expected to be coming on in the second half. It might take someone off the bench to break the deadlock.

Divock Origi, on the other hand, has stuttered, and Daniel Sturridge has only been sporadically involved. Jurgen Klopp is not happy with the first 45 minutes, but for Bury, they will be very happy to reach half-time at 0-0.

Curtis Jones has had some very good moments in that first period and has been Liverpool's most creative player. Alongside Milner, they have been the two stand-out performers.

Half-time. We reach the middle of the game goalless.

45' Van Dijk's raking pass to Clyne allows the England full-back to cross, but again no one can get on the end of it.

44' Moreno almost gets played in by Jones with Cooney cutting it out for a corner. The set-piece is worked short before Jones slashes an effort well wide. 

41' Liverpool regain the possession but are not really going far with it. Klopp is unlikely to be entirely happy with this first half in which his team have done some good things, but are yet to score and have been sloppy at times.

39' Bury have been under the cosh all game but for the last three or four minutes have had some joy. Five minutes until the interval.

38' Chance! Huge mistake from Moreno who tried to play a pass back to Karius, but it was misplaced. Bury's forward could not control the ball and it went out for a goal kick - a big let off for the left-back.

37' Short lull in the game as Bury keep possession. Clyne takes a throw-in and both teams are content to sit off.

34' Sturridge almost plays in Clyne, but his pass is intercepted.

32' Ojo looks to be fouled by Thompson, but nothing given. The ball runs for a goal kick.

31' Excellent feet from Jones, and his cross is headed out for a corner. Milner trips as he takes it, however, and squanders possession. Iago Aspas-esque, that.

29' Confusion as Origi's good ball is left for Sturridge by Milner, but the forward was not in the position Liverpool's captain thought he was. It's still all Liverpool.

28' Off the line again! Ojo is found by Sturridge and O'Connell gets his body in the way. Liverpool are slowly getting closer to the opening goal.

27' Moreno gets in behind and manages to get a cross into the centre of the penalty area, but Bury have bodies on the line and keep the ball out. It was a great pass to set the Spaniard away initially by Sturridge, and the same man whose shot completed the move.

26' Van Dijk clears up the long punt forward from Bury, affording Karius another touch of the ball.

25' Water break over, we are back underway. Jones thought he was fouled but nothing is given, before Dagnall is called offside for Bury.

23' We have a water break at the midway point in the first half. Klopp is not happy with his players, speaking in particular to Origi and Milner.

22' Sturridge attempts a one-two with Origi, but the pass back to him is delayed too long and by the time it arrives he is under too much pressure to get a shot away from a good position.

20' Thompson tackles Ojo on Liverpool's right wing, leading to a throw-in. No clear-cut chances for either side as yet.

19' Bury have a period of possession before Milner intercepts. His pass finds Origi on the left side, but nothing has come off for the Belgian thus far.

17' Ojo sees the ball for the first time in the game, but once he beats his full-back, the cross is overhit and sails over to the other side of the pitch and out of play.

15' Milner attempts a lofted through-ball towards Sturridge, but it is slightly overhit from the halfway line, and Murphy comes out of his goal to head out for a throw-in.

14' Moreno's cross goes straight into the hands of Murphy. The final ball is missing so far from the Reds, but the build-up has seen them find some good positions.

13' Jones finds Origi, whose cross goes all the way through untouched, but the Liverpool pressure is building.

11' Jones twists and turns on the left side before his low cross is cut out. The young midfielder has started the game very confidently.

10' Mayor attempts to play in Dagnall on the left, but Clyne does well to cut out the danger.

8' Sturridge is fouled on the edge of the area, and the kick is played quickly. Moreno plays in a cross which is stood up below the crossbar, and it is headed over the top for a corner. Matip heads wide under pressure from Milner's cross.

7' A brilliant pass from Matip almost leads to a goal but Murphy smothers.

6' A first touch of the ball for Karius as he plays a simple pass. He gets a small ironic cheer from the crowd.

5' Moreno is now fouled halfway into the Bury half. Milner plays a good ball in, but goalkeeper Murphy manages to collect.

4' Liverpool have their first spell of possession before Moreno's ball over the top glides through for a goal kick.

2' Free kick to Bury on their left-hand side. It's played short before a good move leads to a low cross that is well cut out by Liverpool.

Kick-off! The visiting side get the game underway.

It's currently 25°C pitchside as the players complete their warm-ups. Kick-off is just over five minutes away.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Harry Wilson will head out on loan, but his destination is still to be finalised. He also confirms that goalkeeper Danny Ward will play on Thursday evening to give both him and Loris Karius 90 minute games.

England, of course, face Belgium this afternoon in the World Cup third-place playoff, where Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are both on the bench.

New signing Xherdan Shaqiri is not involved for the Reds today having been confirmed as a Liverpool player last night. He will join up with his new teammates in time for their trip to the US next week.

Both teams are now out and warming up. Kick-off is in just over half an hour's time.

Liverpool have arrived at Gigg Lane, where both teams will be out to warm up shortly.

Bury subs: Hudson, Moore, Adams, Dawson, Bunn, Whelan, Archer, Nyaupembe, Dai, Shotton

Bury starting XI: Murphy, McFadzean, Cooney, Thompson, O'Connell, Mayor, Dagnall, Aimson, Danns, Styles, Omotayo

Liverpool say Klopp is keen for his goalkeepers to only play in full matches from now on, rather than playing half each as has been the case in pre-season up until this point, hence the decision to leave Ward at home. The Welsh international is likely to play against Blackburn Rovers on Thursday.

Reports suggest Wilson is on the verge of joining Derby County on loan. More on that as we have it, as well as Bury team news when that breaks.

Liverpool subs: Grabara, Keita, Gomez, Klavan, Lallana, Robertson, Solanke, Kent, Phillips, Woodburn, Camacho, Chirivella

Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Clyne, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno, Milner, Fabinho, Ojo, Jones, Origi, Sturridge

Liverpool team news is in, and there are one or two surprises. Danny Ward has remained at Melwood and does not even feature on the bench, while Harry Wilson is not in the squad either. Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip both make their first appearances in pre-season.

Klopp is expected to field two different elevens once again in this game as he maximises playing time for all his stars, and we will have team news and further updates as soon as we have them.

Liverpool have confirmed that Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Marko Grujic will be back in time to join the team when they travel to the US to face Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Manchester City. Roberto Firmino will return for the Reds' trip to France following the US tour, while Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren, who have all reached the final four of the World Cup with their respective nations, will return exactly a week before the new season begins, leaving little time for them to get ready. 

Dutch internationals Gini Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk are both back in training after the summer break, coming back a little later than most due to non-World Cup international duty, but the former is unlikely to feature with a small niggle that has meant him missing two days training this week. Both are more likely to return to action next Wednesday at Blackburn.

Joel Matip is expected to be back from injury in time to feature in this game, but Danny Ings is likely to remain out. Adam Lallana, Naby Keita and Fabinho, who all impressed at Tranmere, will be involved again. They could well be the midfield trio that start the first league game Liverpool play at home to West Ham United on August 12.

Xherdan Shaqiri may well be a Liverpool player by the time the game kicks off, with his arrival imminent. The Reds have activated his £13.5 million release clause and he is undergoing a medical having scored 15 goals for Stoke City in his time in the Premier League

The game provides another chance to impress for young players like Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, who have both performed well in pre-season up to now, but the main question mark for Klopp to erase is in goal. Loris Karius made another error against Tranmere and his confidence appears to be on the floor - he surely cannot afford another mistake here.

The Reds have already played two North West sides over the last week or so, with Chester beaten 7-0 last Saturday and Tranmere Rovers dispatched 3-2 at Prenton Park on Tuesday night. Bury played against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, losing 4-0.

Hello and welcome to this live blog from Gigg Lane in Bury, where Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are playing their third game of pre-season against Ryan Lowe's League One team.