Wigan 1-1 Liverpool: Mohamed Salah marks his first LFC appearance with a goal

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Friday 14 July 2017 - 7:30 pm
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Fresh from his mini-break to Paris as a result of the United Kingdom's peculiar work permit regulations Mohamed Salah made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt in tonight's friendly at the DW Stadium.

He was part of the first half side taking on Wigan Athletic before Liverpool head away from the UK to continue their pre-season preparations.

First half team:

Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Flanagan, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Woodburn, Salah, Coutinho, Firmino.

Within 41 seconds of the first whistle, a powerful run from Salah and he almost grabbed his goal there and then.

The reds were welcoming back plenty of other players - Coutinho, Lallana who both returned to training a couple of days ago and Liverpool looked lively for most of the half, although Wigan did grab the games opening goal when Liverpool, now sit yourself down for this breaking news, failed to deal with a set piece.

Fortunately as first half injury time got underway Salah got the goal his bright play deserved.  It was good work from the Brazilian boys and Firmino stroked the ball across for Salah to pass into an empty space in the goal.

Although Salah looked bright - Trent Alexander Arnold also had an excellent first half.  At this stage of the season you would perhaps expect the younger players to look fitter than their more senior counterparts - but TAA and Clyne should have an excellent tussle for right back this season.

A full team change for the second half.

Karius, Gomez, Stewart, Lovren, Milner, Henderson, Grujic, Chirivella, Solanke, Sturridge, Origi.

The play was a little more disjointed as the rain poured down in Wigan - affecting the pitch and players being careful to avoid any potential slips that could prove troublesome before an overseas trip.

Dejan Lovren was welcomed back into the line up, as was Divock Origi - both players missed out due to a strain on Wednesday.

Dominic Solanke was also in, this time playing with Daniel Sturridge and Solanke showed a number of good moves, and tricks, as he tried to form a partnership with the reds other strikers.

The reds will fly out to the far East on Sunday night and they will face Premier League opposition Crystal Palace in Hong Kong next Wednesday afternoon (UK time).

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