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Liverpool half-time player ratings: Szoboszlai tidy, Alexander-Arnold impresses in new role vs Karlsruher

Rory O'Callaghan

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Liverpool half-time player ratings: Szoboszlai tidy, Alexander-Arnold impresses in new role vs Karlsruher

Liverpool are taking on Karlsruher in their opening pre-season friendly in Germany.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named an unfamiliar starting line-up for the warm-up match at BBBank Wildpark.

New signing Dominik Szoboszlai was handed his debut for the club following his £60m move from RB Leipzig earlier this month, while fellow new arrival Alexis Mac Allister was named on the bench.

Trent Alexander-Arnold started the match in midfield alongside Szoboszlai and academy graduate Bobby Clark, with another Liverpool youngster Conor Bradley starting the match from right-back.


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was not included in the squad as negotiations continue over a potential move to Saudi Pro League side Al Etiffaq.

Liverpool half-time player ratings vs Karlsruher

Caoimhin Kelleher – 7

Very calm on the ball under pressure. Did well to save a deflected effort as Karlsruher grew into the game. Could do nothing to prevent Lars Stindl's spectacular equaliser.


Connor Bradley – 5

Good energy but gave the ball away on two occasions and committed several fouls. Was lucky to avoid a booking for a challenge midway through the half.


Ibrahima Konate – 5


Looked relatively solid until he gave away a cheap free-kick which allowed Karlsruher to equalise. Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed to concede from a set-piece.

Virgil van Dijk – 6

Also looked solid in defence and confident in possession, playing several cross-field balls. Had a goal disallowed for a soft foul from a corner.

Andy Robertson – 5


Guilty of giving away the ball on a few occasions and allowed Karlsruher an opportunity to break after pushing up into midfield and missing a tackle, but no huge errors.

Bobby Clark – 6

Tidy in the ball and made some nice runs in midfield. Promising performance from the youngster.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7


Liverpool's best player in the first half playing in a new midfield role. Kept the ball moving and set up several attacks with positive balls forward. Made a crucial defensive clearance to stop a dangerous Karlsruher counter attack.

Dominik Szoboszlai – 5

No standout moments but looked tidy in possession. Linked well with Alexander-Arnold but always looked to take the safe option in the first half.

Luis Diaz – 5

Looked positive without creating any major chances. Good energy.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Not at his best but still involved in all of Liverpool's most dangerous attacks. Set up Darwin Nunez for an easy finish early on. Had two shots on target later in the half and almost created another opportunity for Nunez with a lovely outside-of-the-boot pass.

Darwin Nunez – 5

Strange decision in the first few minutes to turn down a shot to pass instead to Salah, who then set him up for an easy finish. Got his goal but must do more up top.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Liverpool, Football, Premier League, Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister

Rory O'Callaghan
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