Salah scores on debut but Liverpool held at Wigan

Emile Heskey

Mohamed Salah needed only one half of football to get off the mark in a Liverpool shirt, equalising in the club's pre-season friendly against Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Klopp named a strong team with Philippe Coutinho and Lallana making their first pre-season appearances after they were left out of the midweek 4-0 win at Tranmere Rovers.

And Salah produced an encouraging display, including the first shot on goal after just two minutes.

Liverpool squandered a glorious opportunity to level things in the 37th minute when Firmino, one-on-one with Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton, opts to make a pass to Adam Lallana instead of shooting from close range.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Heskey said: "Salah is very very exciting".

Firmino was at hand to gift his teammate a simple debut goal shortly after, selflessly squaring the ball to set the winger up for an easy finish.

Both teams made adjustments in the second half but couldn't find a breakthrough, while defender Lovren hit the post in the 77th minute.

"He was two days with us, then had to go to Paris to get the papers, then he came back and we thought 'let's play'. But another game, no injuries, good".

"So it was OK, just not where they can be".

Dejan Lovren went closest to scoring the victor after the interval but his header came back off the post, with Liverpool next in action against Crystal Palace in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

"You saw he had no idea how we defend usually, so he was really not involved in this", he told reporters after the game.

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