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James Milner stands up for angry Ibrahima Konate as Jurgen Klopp laughs at Liverpool interruption

James Milner stands up for angry Ibrahima Konate as Jurgen Klopp laughs at Liverpool interruptionLiverpool continued building up for the new season with an entertaining friendly against Hertha Berlin in Austria on Thursday.

Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all scored but couldn’t prevent the Reds from slipping to a 4-3 defeat.


The result was the first loss of pre-season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who will now head to Evian for the final leg of their overseas training camp.

But there was plenty that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at the Tivoli Stadion.

Milner has Konate’s back

Ibrahima Konate wasn’t too happy shortly before half-time when convinced he should have had a penalty having been held back by Davie Selke.

Indeed, the centre-back was that irate he fronted up to the Hertha Berlin man, who was having absolutely none of it.

Enter James Milner who, rather than playing peacemaker, instead gave Selke a piece of his mind while Konate was ushered away from the growing fracas.

Sure, Konate may have been eventually booked. But he now knows Milner has his back.

Gordon’s alive

Pre-season has forever provided an opportunity for youngsters to leave a calling card of what they hope will be future success.

But few have been quite as instantly impressive as Kaide Gordon, the 16-year-old who has shone at the Academy since arriving form Derby County earlier this year.

Within moments of emerging from the bench in Austria, Gordon had twice come close and highlighted why excitement over his talent has long bubbled among the Reds’ youth ranks.

He may have been dispossessed in the build-up to Hertha’s fourth, but the teenager is one to keep an eye on at Kirkby this coming season.

Klopp interrupted

One of the delights of Thursday’s game was that there were so many people inside the stadium to see it.

Indeed, with 11,000 supporters present it was largest crowd before which Liverpool have played since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March 2020.

And it led to the rather amusing moment of Jurgen Klopp struggling to complete his post-match interview duties on camera due to fans chanting and singing over what he was attempting to say.

The Reds boss laughed it off and simply increased his volume. Better that than yet another match ending in complete silence.

The voice of Innsbruck

He stopped short of telling everybody to get ready to rumble.

But there’s no doubt the stadium announcer inside the Tivoli Stadion in Innsbruck quite fancied himself as a homage to ace boxing MC Michael Buffer, such was the enthusiasm with which he greeted even the most mundane of declarations.

Meanwhile, Liverpool paid tribute to the passing of Andrew Devine by wearing black armbands.

It was a classy gesture in memory of the 97th victim of the Hillsborough disaster.

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