Jul 8, 2016 at 7.15pm UK at ​Prenton Park
TranmereTranmere Rovers
FT(HT: 0-0)
Ings (79')

Result: Danny Ings fires Liverpool to victory over Tranmere Rovers in pre-season opener

Liverpool's English striker Danny Ings celebrates in the net after scoring the opening goal of the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 23, 2015
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Liverpool beat Tranmere Rovers 1-0 at Prenton Park in their opening pre-season fixture of the summer, courtesy of a Danny Ings strike 11 minutes from time.

Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game for Liverpool as they kicked off their pre-season programme with a 1-0 victory over local neighbours Tranmere Rovers.

The Reds were good value for their win after creating numerous openings across the 90 minutes, but they were ultimately made to work hard for the victory which arrived 11 minutes from time at Prenton Park in the all-Merseyside affair.

Congestion around the ground prior to kickoff led to the match being delayed by 15 minutes, but the visitors were quick to get at their less illustrious opponents.

Academy products Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Kent impressed in the first half for a Liverpool side that contained debutants Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Sadio Mane from the off.

Kent came close to making a breakthrough just six minutes in with a well-hit shot that stung the palms of Scott Davies, before firing narrowly wide of the target moments later.

Jurgen Klopp's side were well in control as the half wore on, with Mane's biggest involvement seeing him play the ball through for Roberto Firmino to race in behind, only for a poor first touch to let the Brazilian down.

Cameron Brannagan also blasted wide from 25 yards out but, in a real warning for the Reds, Steve McNulty rattled the woodwork from a corner for the National League outfit.

Liverpool made 11 changes at the break, including the introduction of eventual matchwinner Ings, who was given the role of captain for the second half.

Lazar Markovic somehow missed from six yards out when trying to convert a saved Ings shot, while the ex-Burnley striker was himself wayward with a couple of headed chances as Klopp's men continued to struggle in front of goal.

The breakthrough moment did finally arrive late on, though, as Alexander Arnold burst forward and fed the ball to Ings, who was able to smash it in via the post from 15 yards out.

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