Premier League - Liverpool kids lose in Germany

Eurosport - Sat, 24 Jul 16:59:00 2010

A lacklustre young Liverpool side went down 1-0 to Kaiserslautern in the final game of their pre-season camp in Germany.

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In front of 22,000 fans inside the newly-promoted Bundesliga club's Fritz Walter Stadion, Ilian Micanski flicked home a Chadli Amri cut-back before half-time and that proved enough for victory.

Roy Hodgson gave a debut to Milan Jovanovic on the left side of midfield but he failed to impress before being withdrawn at the break.

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri, Jovanovic and regulars Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Lucas and David Ngog were joined by a host of youngsters in the starting XI.

Ngog had the best chance of the match for Liverpool inside the first few seconds, Brazilian defender Rodnei slipping to allow him a run into the box. He pulled a low shot wide.

Adam Nemec then threatened at the other end, Cavalieri tipping over his angled drive. Unfortunately the game was not to continue in that frenzied vein.

David Amoo looked lively at times on the right in the first half but his final ball lacked quality. He also saw some of the ball after switching to the left - Jovanovic's replacement Philipp Degen working the right flank in front of Martin Kelly - in the second.

Kaiserslautern took the lead after 32 minutes. Amri left centre-half Daniel Ayala for dead on the right and when he isolated Cavalieri, Micanski found a stylish finish with the ball heading behind him.

Spearing looked promising for the Reds as he muscled around the midfield and also hit a rising drive just over when the pitch opened up for him.

But the only other moment of danger for Kaiserslautern came when substitute Tom Ince, on at left-back, slalomed his way down the side of the box and played a brilliant low ball across the front of the six-yard box. Striker Nathan Ecclestone was too slow to react with the goal gaping.

Home sub Oliver Kirch volleyed just wide of the near post as Marco Kurz's side controlled most of the play. Liverpool's energy seemed sapped by the sun, despite a flurry of changes.

There was no spark and Hodgson, who led Fulham to the Europa League final last season, will reflect on that when looking for names to replace the club's World Cup stars in the first qualifying leg for that competition away to Rabotnicki Skopje in five days' time.

Jonathan Symcox / Eurosport

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