Gallery: The best pics from Liverpool FC 3 -1 Athletic Bilbao

Gallery: The best pics from Liverpool FC 3 -1 Athletic Bilbao

Gallery: The best pics from Liverpool FC 3 -1 Athletic Bilbao

But Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn produced a reminder of his precocious talent on the hour mark, firing in a stunning goal from the edge of the area to the delight of a packed Aviva Stadium.

Last season the playmaker continued to showcase his talents throughout his 35 appearances across all competitions where he managed to net eight goals and provide seven assists.

He proved his talent by taking Hoffenheim from the brink of relegation in 2015/16 to finish fourth last season in Germany's top flight to qualify for the play-offs. It was clear the former Borussia Dortmund manager rated Sturridge, he just couldn't rely on him.

Bilbao broke swiftly after Origi sloppily lost the ball, with neither the midfield nor the rearguard reacting quickly or aggressively enough to avert the danger. Alberto Moreno might get another chance to impress, having given a good account of himself thus far. As was the case last year, the Reds excelled on the counter-attack and Salah's injection of speed and creativity will only improve this aspect.

The Brazilian, who is wanted by Barcelona as a replacement for Neymar following his £200million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, has a slight niggle which forced him to miss the clash against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The one is who is the most unfortunate among these is centre-back Yeray Alvarez, who has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

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He will also be a major doubt for England's next two World Cup qualifiers, against Malta and Slovakia in September.

"This pre-season has brought us new players".

He's a mobile target man and one who has made a big impression during the pre-season outings.

Liverpool played their final pre-season friendly on Saturday evening - a 3-1 win against Athletic Bilbao in Dublin. With Jose Angel Ziganda likely to start with a largely second string side, the Reds definitely have the edge.

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