Opinion: Who impressed most for Liverpool in their first four pre-season fixtures?

The 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday saw the conclusion of the first leg of Liverpool's pre-season campaign, but who shone?

Opinion: Who impressed most for Liverpool in their first four pre-season fixtures?
Who has impressed for the Reds so far? (photo: BPI)

Liverpool wrapped up the first leg of their pre-season campaign on Wednesday evening, seeing off Huddersfield Town by two goals to nil.

It was their fourth game so far since returning for training, and the fourth win, having seen off Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic in the past two weeks.

The Reds have experimented with over 25 players, scored 10 goals and are yet to concede, gaining invaluable fitness whilst doing all of this.

However, with Jürgen Klopp's side readying themselves for a flight to the US, where they'll face Chelsea, AC Milan and AS Roma, it does bring an end to pre-season with the senior team for some youngsters who will be left behind, as members of the Liverpool squad that featured at Euro 2016 are set to return in the coming days.

So, with this in mind, let's take a look at some of the individual's that will have impressed Klopp the most over the last four games.

Ryan Kent

A man who enjoyed a productive loan spell at Coventry last season before returning to Liverpool to impress in rare appearances, Ryan Kent certainly took his chance in pre-season, potentially earning a place as an attacking option for the upcoming season. 

Warming up against Tranmere, he burst into life in the second half against Fleetwood, providing a constant threat, eventually grabbing an assist with a ball across the face for a player who we'll go on to talk about, Ben Woodburn, and then another for Lucas Leiva

He assisted again against Wigan in the 2-0 win, as Woodburn grabbed the second of the game. It was a nicely played through ball by Kent from the middle of the pitch, giving his teammate a clear sight on goal.

The winger's good form continued in the second half against Huddersfield as he again used his pace to trouble the opposition defence, winning a late penalty which was converted by Alberto Moreno.

Marko Grujic

Well, well, well. What an impact this young man has had, sweeping Liverpool fans into a frenzy, based on just two 45 minute displays.

But what displays they were. From the get-go against Fleetwood, on his debut, Marko Grujic was magnificent. Standing tall with a huge 6ft 3" frame, the Serbian centre-midfielder has the height and strength that the Reds have been craving for in the midfield.

He showed his technique to win a first half penalty through the use of some nice stepovers, before going on to open the scoring himself later on in the half. He even thundered a shot against the post from an impossible angle, such was his confidence. 

Having missed the Wigan match with a virus, he was back against Coventry, and back scoring again. Arriving at just the right time to get on the end of Roberto Firmino's cross, he hammered past Joe Coleman with a sweet left-footed strike.

Perhaps, just perhaps, Grujic can be the midfield partner for Emre Can that Klopp has been searching for all summer.

Grujic celebrates scoring against Huddersfield (photo: PA)
Grujic celebrates scoring against Huddersfield (photo: PA)

Ben Woodburn

Yes, it's the aforementioned 16-year-old, who has lit up pre-season so far with some impressive performances given his young age, having only completed his GCSE exams in the past two months. 

Scoring against Fleetwood was the start of it, as he finished a simple tap-in from Kent's pass. Whilst that was a nice moment, it was his composure against Wigan, running through on goal before calmly slotting past the 'keeper that really had Reds fans excited about his potential.

He scored a magnificent goal against Cardiff City at youth level last season that got his name out there, and now that he's impressed under Klopp's watchful eye, you can't help but wonder what the future holds for Woodburn.

Woodburn tucks a chance away against Wigan (photo: PA)
Woodburn tucks a chance away against Wigan (photo: PA)

Ovie Ejara

Perhaps an unsung hero of pre-season, Ovie Ejara has done his reputation no harm with a string of assured displays in the midfield three. 

The way that he was often started in a team with more senior players playing ahead of him, the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, could given an indication that Klopp is ready to use him with the first team this season.

Relaxed on the ball, strong and with an eye for a pass, Ejara clearly has a lot of potential, and is one of the candidates to gain a spot on Liverpool's trip to the US, so might be one to keep your eye out for in the coming weeks. 

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