Jurgen Klopp’s side picked up their third victory of pre-season against Darmstadt at Deepdale Stadium in Preston. Goals from Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz secured a fairly comfortable win ahead of their opening game of the Premier League season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Luis Diaz’s sublime volley capped a comprehensive 3-1 win over German side Darmstadt for Liverpool as they wrapped up their pre-season preparations.
Salah tapped in from a corner before winning the ball in a dangerous area and teeing up Jota to slot home to make it 2-0 inside 10 minutes. Mathias Honsak pulled one back immediately, but Diaz’s stunning, aerial backheel from a corner restored the two-goal cushion in the second period.
Diaz earns the MVP award in this game, purely for his exquisite backheel goal from Dominik Szoboszlai’s corner early in the second half.
No one was particularly bad for Liverpool, but their defence was carved open very easily by Darmstadt for their only goal of the game. Against better opposition, this could happen more than just once.
Klopp still needs a defensive midfielder with Fabinho gone and another bid for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia has been rejected. But the signs are promising in an attacking sense ahead of the new campaign.