Analysis: A typical pre-season workout as Liverpool lose to Brondby

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Liverpool opened up their pre-season campaign with a trip to Denmark where they lost 2-1 to Brondby.

Their first workout is over and Liverpool's pre-season is underway but there were none of Liverpool's new faces on show as their preparations for the new season got underway. Emre Can will have featured were it not for a twisted ankle though he should be available for their friendly with Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday.

If there were any early indications as to how Liverpool will operate now Luis Suarez is no longer their player, then the way the side set up in both halves gave some kind of indication as they lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Philippe Coutinho showed no signs of his dancing feet relenting as his trickery allowed him to set up an early half chance for Fabio Borini who had a pretty quiet game.

Suso, also returning from a loan spell, also showed he carried a threat if defences don't close him down quick enough as the front three rotated on occasions. There were the expected rusty elements from a lot of players and it was evident the Danish side had a lot more sharpness about them. 

One interesting aspect was going to be Liverpool's defending, as there is a chance that the majority of the starting back line may not be at the club come the end of August.

Daniel Agger and Tiago Ilori were the centre-back pairing whilst Brad Smith operated on the left flank, but it was interesting to look at the structure nonetheless. There was still the element of one centre-back dropping a couple of yards further back then they perhaps should have done in the early stages of the game. Unfortunately for Ilori, he limped off 20 minutes into the game - which saw Kevin Stewart given his debut after he was signed from Tottenham.

Though after they fell behind to a well taken goal by Christian Norgaard they could easily have been level as they probed and created chances. 

There were ten changes in the second half with only goalkeeper Brad Jones remaining on the field. Daniel Ward replaced Jones 10 minutes from time.

The second period immediately showed the talent and promise that Jordon Ibe had in abundance as his run and low cross allowed Kristoffer Peterson to stab home as the Danish side criminally gave Ibe all the space in the world. Nevertheless the 18-year-old showed the potential and power he has if given the opportunity to show it.

It also saw a more direct Liverpool, Jon Flanagan in particular looked to get forward from the back and overlap Ibe. The pairing of Kriztian Adorjan and Joe Allen in the middle of the park looked more lively than that of Lucas Leiva and Jordan Rossiter. 

Ibe will bemoan his lack of cutting edge which could have swung the game their way, and some slack defending in part allowed Brondby's Ferhan Hasani to beat four men to score a terrific goal. 

Some players have given Brendan Rodgers something to think about, but it would be very surprising to see more than five of the players on display to be in contention for the first game of the season against Southampton on August 17.

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