Liverpool concluded their pre-season preparations with an entertaining friendly win over Osasuna on Monday.
Takumi Minamino opened the scoring and Roberto Firmino scored twice as the Reds enjoyed a 3-1 win over the Spanish outfit.
The match was the final run-out for Jurgen Klopp’s side before they begin their Premier League campaign at promoted Norwich City on Saturday.
But there was plenty that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Anfield.
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Stuck on a Divock
With James Milner and Virgil van Dijk not involved and Jordan Henderson on the bench, Roberto Firmino was named skipper for the evening.
But when the striker departed on the hour, the captain’s armband went on a bit of a journey.
The Brazilian passed it to his replacement, Thiago Alcantara, who then moved it on to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before it ended up being worn by Divock Origi.
The forward even kept the armband on when club captain Jordan Henderson later emerged.
Alex party as Woodburn on fire
Fair to say Liverpool’s players were revelling in the opportunity to play in front of a gleeful 40,000-plus crowd.
And in the second half there was one moment that neatly encapsulated the mood.
Ben Woodburn, again on from the bench, produced an outrageous backheel to find Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain inside the penalty area.
The England man then executed a cheeky rabona that would have snuck in at the far post were it not for a smart save by Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera.
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Counting the Kostas
Few Liverpool players have had quite as encouraging a pre-season as Kostas Tsimikas, which has proven timely given the injury woes of Andy Robertson.
But in between some fine passages of play, Tsimikas was seen exchanging angrily vigorous hand gestures at length with Chimy Avila after a tussle with Osasuna forward during the first half.
The left-back also had a frank discussion with Rhys Williams after Kike Garcia outsmarted the pair of them at the far post for Osasuna’s late consolation.
Tsimikas was then immediately substituted to a strong ovation from the Anfield crowd.
Not a bad time to get off, to be fair.
It was a big night for Kaide Gordon, the 16-year-old making a surprise start in front of an appreciative home crowd.
The youngster was determined to make the most of his opportunity with a lively display down the right flank that hinted at plenty of future promise.
And he clearly isn’t one to stand for too much nonsense either, as Osasuna defender Juan Cruz after ruffling the winger’s hair having escaped censure for what appeared a foul on the teenager.
Let’s just say Gordon’s immediate response wasn’t “no problem, old chap”.