Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Wigan boss (a Liverpool fan) rejects Lukaku's United claim

Wigan boss (a Liverpool fan) rejects Lukaku's United claim

The game saw Mohamed Salah making a scoring debut for Liverpool, while Dejan Lovren, who featured in his first game of the friendly schedule, hit the post in the second half.

Cook, an avid Liverpool fan whose Wigan side take on the Reds in a pre-season friendly on Friday, disagreed with the assertion.

Salah nearly opened the scoring in the first minute of his Liverpool debut, but he blazed over the crossbar before Lallana fired narrowly wide.

Coutinho twice went close from outside the box and Liverpool then wasted a golden opportunity, Firmino misplacing a pass with the goal at his mercy after Salah and Lallana combined to free him 10 yards out.

Opening up on the Egyptian, he said: "Salah is very very exciting".

With heavy rain making conditions hard in the second half both teams struggled for cohesion, with Klopp having made 11 changes at the interval.

Liverpool's Oviemuno Ejaria in action against Wigan Athletic during a pre-season friendly match at the DW Stadium

"Another game, no injuries, good", the German boss said.

"He had two days with us, then he had to go to Paris, get the papers, but now he's here and we thought "let's play him".

Nice moves, near misses and Salah's debut strike. Klopp is again set to field two completely different line-ups in each half, like he did against Tranmere, as he gives most of his first-team squad another 45 minutes of action.

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

"But you only have to look around and see what the clubs in this area are doing to realise it's a real hotbed of football". "It's just a sign, but that's important". "I don't know, speak to the wall".

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