Liverpool started their game plan in preparation for the season with a 1-1 draw in two 30-minute mini-games against FC Wacker Innsbruck and VfB Stuttgart.

Jürgen Klopp’s team is currently in Austria for a training camp, with 22 different players falling out of the race during the Salzburg encounters.

Divock Origi’s penalty gave Liverpool the lead in the first game of the evening against Innsbruck before Ronivaldo headed the tie for the Austrians.

In the other game against Stuttgart, in which Ibrahima Konate made his debut, Liverpool came back, Sadio Mane’s goal ruined the clean finish by Philipp Forster.

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Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp congratulates goal scorer Sadio Mane after the draw at VfB Stuttgart

Klopp said he was “happy” with training after the games and said on the Liverpool club website: “Physically it was all we wanted to see, we had to do it and it was an important test of that.

“The first game was obviously a very young team, Innsbruck did well and was obviously in a better moment than us because they start the league next week and we started preparation last week, so it’s different.

“The second game was a tough test, Stuttgart are a really good team. We started really well and then conceded a goal. Then we got more and more into the game and scored a really nice goal.

“I’m really happy about it, it’s all good. I actually saw what I was expecting – it would be strange if I stood here and said, ‘My God, I didn’t know we could play football like this’ , but I agree and now we continue to work. “

Klopp also admitted that it would be a “surprise” if Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez were declared fit for Bundesliga club Mainz on Friday.

The defensive duo spent a large part of the past season with knee injuries on the sideline and spent a large part of the pre-season tour through Austria with their own individual programs.

“They looked really good in training and yesterday was the first day they did very complex things, usually it’s either offensive or defensive and all. We have to get there step by step, but I’m not expecting them.” for Friday, “added Klopp.

All upcoming Liverpool pre-season matches will be broadcast live on LFCTV.