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Jurgen Klopp comments on Shamal George's outfield performance for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Shamal George was handed a run-out for Liverpool as a forward, even though he's a goalkeeper.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised youngster Shamal George as the reserve goalkeeper was called into action in last night's friendly win over Huddersfield Town - as a makeshift forward.

The Reds had used all of their outfield substitutes by the time the hour mark came around, and Lucas Leiva limped off with what looked like a hamstring injury.

Klopp then decided to hand George a run-out as a forward to ensure the game remained 11 v 11 until the end.

The Reds boss told the official Liverpool website: "Unfortunately, the injury of Lucas [meant] we changed the formation to have Shamal as a striker - he did wonderful - and we scored a second goal. That was OK, but defending a little bit deeper we had to do it, and it was really hard for the players."

Liverpool's Marko Grujic scores their first goal against HuddersfieldLiverpool's Marko Grujic scores their first goal against Huddersfield

Marko Grujic opened the scoring in the first half before Alberto Moreno's late penalty rounded off the scoring for Klopp's side as they made it four wins from four in pre-season so far.

The game is perhaps more likely to be remembered for the Reds playing a goalkeeper as a forward, though it is not the first time a goalkeeper has been used outfield for Liverpool in pre-season.

There was certainly one occasion when Rafa Benitez gave Pepe Reina a spell in central midfield for one game in a pre-season match against Kaiserslauten in 2006. The Spaniard missed an opportunity from just inside the penalty area on that occasion to get on the scoresheet, as shown below:

George summed up the surreal aspect of the occasion for him with a post on Instagram, simply with the message 'tonight was mad'.

Having nearly set up Lazar Markovic for a chance, and denied a one-on-one opportunity by the offside flag, one wonders if he will get another run out up front in the future, even if it will only be in a friendly environment. 


Tonight was mad #LFC

A photo posted by Shamal George (@shamalgeorge) on

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