Tranmere Rovers manager Gary Brabin was happy with his players’ attitude and performance in the 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat against Premier League side Liverpool at Prenton Park on Friday evening.
Rovers came up against a team which fielded a number of international stars, but acquitted themselves well and only lost out to a late Danny Ings’ goal.
After two weeks of pre-season training, Brabin is delighted with how things have gone so far.
He told Tranmere Player: “We knew it was going to be a real test against a strong side like Liverpool, but I’ve been really pleased with the lads. They’ve come back in really good shape and we’re delighted with their attitude an desire so far.
“We’ve done quite a lot of tactical work as well which I’ve been pleased with. The only times Liverpool looked like scoring was through little mistakes, which you expect so early in pre-season. It’s now about ironing them out before the league campaign gets underway.
“Jurgen Klopp was very complimentary after the game on Friday and said he couldn’t believe we were in the fifth tier of English football after the way we played. He was pleasantly surprised by the standard. We have a good group of players.”
Looking ahead to the new season, which gets underway on 6 August with an away game against Bromley, the manager is confident of battling at the top of the table.
He added: “We’re going to be mentally challenged this season, but I certainly think we have enough quality and we’ve added goals to the squad this season.
“So if we can continue the form we showed after Christmas, then I think we’ll be a real force this season.”