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Liverpool fall to Roma in friendly with Edin Dzeko on target

Edin Dzeko is congratulated after scoring against Liverpool. Photograph: Jeff Curry/Getty Images
Edin Dzeko is congratulated after scoring against Liverpool. Photograph: Jeff Curry/Getty Images

Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States ended in a 2-1 defeat to Roma.

Goals from Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah either side of Sheyi Ojo’s equaliser in St Louis handed Liverpool a second pre-season defeat after they lost to to Chelseain California last week.

There was a further blow to Liverpool when they lost Alberto Moreno late on to an injury though their manager Jürgen Klopp allayed fears of a lengthy lay-off.

He told the club’s official website: “He is OK, it’s a dead leg in the hamstring. He couldn’t activate the muscle so you cannot play. That’s how it is.”

Klopp had named a strong side, with starts for Sadio Mané, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge, but it was Roma who started the International Champions Cup match better.

The former Manchester City striker Dzeko had already missed two good chances when he fired into the bottom corner after a fine turn just before the half-hour mark. The Reds were level before the break, though, when Ojo headed home from James Milner’s corner.

The decisive moment came just after the hour when Salah restored Roma’s lead as he poked home after Simon Mignolet had saved Dzeko’s header.

Klopp told the Liverpool website: “It was obviously not our best game but games like this can happen. We weren’t compact in the first half and had too big spaces between the positions, so nearly every offensive action of Roma was a chance. It makes no sense.

“On the other hand, we had a lot of good chances too so it could have been 6-5 to either side at half-time. That may be exciting but is of course not what I want.”

Liverpool now return home to play Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

This article was first and originally published in theguardian.

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