Reds unfazed by loss post-Suarez

HEAD TO HEAD: Simon Makienok of Brondby (left) vying with Martin Skrtel of Liverpool on Wednesday during a pre-season friendly. Brondby won 2-1.


    Jul 18, 2014

    Reds unfazed by loss post-Suarez


    LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has shrugged off the loss in the team's first game since Luis Suarez's 95 million euro (S$160 million) move to Barcelona, preferring to concentrate on the challenges of the new Premier League season, which starts on Aug 16.

    "This year, we know it's going to be extremely competitive. Every team will strengthen and we'll be exactly the same. But the beauty for us is that we're a young group and we're bringing in young players that are hungry," said Rodgers, whose men lost 1-2 to Danish side Brondby in their opening pre-season friendly on Wednesday.

    "We will progress again from last season. It's going to be a really exciting season. I've seen development in the players already, in the short period of time that we've been back. This season, we have the belief to go along with the quality.

    "We want to improve and continually improve. We're working very hard behind the scenes, as we always do, in terms of getting the best-quality players into the club."

    At Manchester United, Louis van Gaal started a new era at Old Trafford on Wednesday as the Dutch manager arrived for his first day in charge of the fallen English giants.

    Just days after securing the Netherlands' third-place finish at the World Cup, he began the task of restoring United to their position as the league's preeminent force after they finished a poor seventh last season.

    The 62-year-old Dutchman was appointed as replacement for the sacked David Moyes two months ago, but his World Cup commitments meant he had to wait until now to officially take the reins at United.

    Van Gaal and the team will fly out today for a pre-season tour, where they will play matches against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid before beginning their league campaign at home to Swansea on Aug 16.