Armindo Sieb scored two exceptional goals as Fürth held Liverpool. - © IMAGO/Zink
Armindo Sieb scored two exceptional goals as Fürth held Liverpool. - © IMAGO/Zink
2. Bundesliga, bundesliga

Super sub Sieb strikes impressive double as Greuther Fürth hold Liverpool

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The Cloverleaves would have pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind win against Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool thanks to Armindo Sieb's double but for Mo Salah's late goal.

Greuther Fürth 4-4 Liverpool
Goals: 0-1 Diaz 22', 1-1 McConnell (o.g.) 47', 1-2 Nunez 50', 1-3 Nunez 59, 2-3 Petkov 67', 3-3 Sieb 74', 4-3 Sieb 77', 4-4 Salah 89' 

The town of Villingen-Schwenningen played host to this behind-closed-doors friendly that pulsated from the off. Fürth's last test before next Sunday's second-division opener against Paderborn could hardly have come against tougher opponnets. Sure enough, Liverpool stretched Alexander Zorniger's team early on yet had to wait until the 22nd minute before hitting the front. Luis Diaz collected possession outside of the area before skilfully dragging the ball into the danger zone. The Colombian's subsequent poked finish to the far post was worthy of praise. Diogo Jota and Diaz then missed solid chances to double the Reds' lead as Klopp's men headed into the break deserved of their narrow lead. 

The English side changed their entire team for the second half and Fürth - showing just one change at the break - took advantge as their opponents attempted to settle. An error from goalkeeper Adrian led to a James McConnell own goal. Darwin Nunez quickly had Liverpool back in front after accepting Mo Salah's through pass, however. Nunez's second meant that the Bundesliga 2 side were now playing catch-up, but how they revelled in the task. Lukas Petkov accepted captain Branimir Hrgota's assist before finishing from an angle while Sieb brilliantly struck the top corner to level the scores. The former Bayern Munich man's second was even more impressive, the 20-year-old drilling into the corner from distance. With time ticking down, Salah popped up at the far post to convert Nunez's centre. The Uruguayan would have won it but for a superb Jonas Urbig save in what was the last action of a mesmerising contest. 

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Match stats

  • Fürth are three-time champions of Germany and have spent two seasons in the Bundesliga (2012/13 and 2021/22).
  • Branimir Hrgota was Greuther’s top scorer last season with 11 goals in 34 games, followed by former USA international Julian Green (seven in 29).
  • Klopp oversaw Bundesliga 340 matches as Mainz and Dortmund coach, winning the 2011 and 2012 title with the latter.
  • Klopp's record as a coach in meetings with Fürth reads: W4, D1, L7.
  • Szoboszlai registered 12 goals and 16 assists across 62 Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig, while Thiago won seven Bundesliga titles with Bayern.
  • Liverpool defender Joel Matip is a product of Schalke's acclaimed youth academy.

Teams

Fürth: Urbig - Dietz, Jung, Itter - Asta, Green, R. Wagner, Meyerhöfer, Hrgota - Srbeny, Lemperle
Subs: Schaffran, Schulz, Calhanoglu, Haddadi, Michalski, Angleberger, Consbruch, Petkov, Raebiger, Abiama, Sieb
Out: Kiomourtzoglou (ankle)
Coach: Alexander Zorniger

Liverpool: Alisson - Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson - Alexander-Arnold, Mac Allister, Gakspo - Doak, Diaz, Jota
Subs: Adrian, Pitaluga, Gomez, Nunez, Salah, Jones, Elliot, Tsimikas, Matip, Clark, Scanlow, McConnell, Koumas, Quansah, Frauendorf
Out: Thiago (hip), Szoboszlai (knock), Bajcetic (recovery)
Coach: Jürgen Klopp

As it happened ...

4 - 4

(0 - 1)

Fürth
FINAL
Liverpool
Friendly
Pre-season
Pre-season Fürth
90'

Full time

What a game that was! We've had SEVEN second-half goals to keep us entertained. At 3-1 down, it looked as if Fürth's race was run, but a brilliant fightback, which contained an Armindo Sieb double, put the Bundesliga 2 side 4-3 in front. Mo Salah rescued a draw for the Reds at the death. Tremendous fun.
90'

Nunez almost wins it

Darwin Nunez is right in front of the Fürth keeper when he meets a centre form the right with his head. He nods low and hard, but somehow Urbig makes a phenomenal save to keep the scores level!
89'

Salah leveller

Nunez is away down the left and the attacker spots Mo Salah menacing at the far post. The cross comes in and Salah applies the finish from close range.
89'

Salah

GOAL!

4:4
84'

Fürth edging closer

Jomaine Consbruch makes a last-ditch tackle as Liverpool go in search of an equaliser. Alexander Zorniger's men are not far away from a big scalp here. What a result this would be ahead of their season opener against Paderborn on Sunday!
78'

Cloverleaves lead!!

Amazing! What an afternoon this is turning into for Sieb! He takes possession outside the area, turns his man and fires low and hard all the way into the far corner of the net. That's a brilliant finish.
78'

Sieb

GOAL!

4:3
Sieb
73'

Fürth level

A superb goal on the counter from Fürth, who have come from a couple of goals down to draw level! Hrgota starts the move, spreading to Petkov who in turn picks out substitute Sieb. The youngster unleashes a terrific effort that flies into the top corner and we're level.
73'

Sieb

GOAL!

3:3
Sieb
68'

Petkov pounces

Hrgota controls the looping pass and knocks one back into the danger zone. Liverpool's defenders are asleep, allowing Lukas Petkov the chance to drive wide of Adrian and into the corner.
68'

Petkov

GOAL!

2:3
Petkov
65'

Hrgota chance

Hrgota latches onto the through ball and is in. Adrian spreads himself, narrowing the angles, and Hrgota takes the bait and lashes wide.
63'

Koumas wide

Koumas is in on the right but the Liverpool attacker smacks low and wide of the near post when he had options to aim for in the centre.
60'

Reds' line-up

Here's how Liverpool are lining up in the second half following a full-team change at the break: Adrian - Gomez, Mateo, Quansah, Tsimikas - McConnell, Elliot, Jones - Koumas, Salah, Nunez
59'

Liverpool stretch lead

Fürth are wide open at the back now and when Salah lifts a pass in for Nunez, the Uruguayan chests the ball forward, beats the last man and slides in an easy finish.
59'

Nunez

GOAL!

1:3
57'

Lemperle miss

Green plays Lemperle in and the forward is one v one against Adrian, who pulls off an incredible save to make up for his earlier effort. Lemperle has to score there.
53'

Salah off target

Mo Salah is through on the right and shapes to shoot for the top left corner of the goal. The Egyptian's effort fizzes over the top.
50'

... but not for long

Liverpool attack immediately after going behind with Salah dragging a pass into Nunez, who pushes wide of Urbig before lashing home from close range.
50'

Nunez

GOAL!

1:2
48'

Fürth level

A hurried clearance from Liverpool sub goalkeeper Adrian and Julian Green is in to dart a finish into the corner.
48'

Green

GOAL!

1:1
Green
46'

Off we go again ...

Liverpool get the second half underway.
45'

Half time

Liverpool lead at the break thanks to that neat Diaz strike.
41'

Hrgota hurt

Fürth's captain takes a smack in the face with a ball and heads over to the touchline with a bloody nose. Some cotton wool rammed into the right nostril and Hrgota is good to go once more.
36'

Jota hits woodwork

Asta does brilliantly to clear his lines with Jota prowling. The Portuguese is soon back attacking, however, and he escapes the clutches of Urbig before falling back and sending a shot against the post.
32'

Water break!

Time for some well-earned refreshment for both teams. New Yorker Maximilian Dietz is receiving some treatment for a knock but looks ok to continue.
29'

Relentless Reds

Gakpo is the latest player to have a pop for the men in Red. His shot from inside the area is deflected over the top. The subsequent corner comes to nothing.
26'

Fürth relief

Loose from Jung, who gives up possession far too easily. Doak pounces on the loose ball and plays Diaz through. The attacker tries to take it around the keeper but runs out of pitch. A let off for Fürth.
23'

Jota misses sitter

Klopp's men should be 2-0 up. Jota races clean through but drags his finish wide of the upright. That was a phenomenal chance.
21'

Reds lead

A very tidy goal from Liverpool. Diaz picks up possession outside the Fürth area. The Colombian shifts his feet and drags the ball inside the area before poking a brilliant finish in at the far post.
21'

Luis Diaz

GOAL!

0:1
16'

Cloverleaves on the ball

Fürth are slowly coming into this match. Gideon Jung's cross from the right is headed clear by Gakpo.
13'

Doak lively

Doak has been the busiest player by far on the pitch thus far. The youngster drills a low effort at goal, which Urbig gets down to deal with.
10'

Green and Doak bump

Doak and USMNT man Julian Green clash out on the wing and the game is held up with the Liverpool man needing treatment.
7'

Diaz tester

Wagner and Asta combine for Fürth in the Liverpool half but Diaz nips in to dispossess and the Colombian is off towards the target. The attacker pings one towards the far post and Urbig makes a top, two-handed save on the dive.
4'

Reds again

Doak escapes down the right and blasts wide of the near post. Liverpool have started strongly here. Fürth are still looking to settle.
2'

Liverpool attacking

Jürgen Klopp's men are taking the game to their opponents early on. Jota and Robertson combine to create the game's first attack, which Fürth survive.
1'

Kick-off!

The storms have abated and we're underway ...

Here come Liverpool

The Reds are jogging onto the pitch and we're about to get this friendly underway.

Fürth out!

Fürth have made their way onto the pitch and are looking in determined mood. We await the appearance of Liverpool ...

DELAYED KICK-OFF

Storms in the area have forced the kick-off to today's friendly to be delayed. We'll have a new starting time of 13:15 CET.

Fürth starting XI

Urbig - Dietz, Jung, Itter - Asta, Green, R. Wagner, Meyerhöfer, Hrgota - Srbeny, Lemperle

Team news

The visitors welcome goalkeeper Alisson back after the Brazilian sat out last week's friendly win against Karlsruhe with a finger complaint. New signing Dominik Szoboszlai sits this one out, however, with the former Leipzig man nursing a slight knock.

Liverpool starting XI

Alisson - Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson - Alexander-Arnold, Mac Allister, Gakspo - Doak, Diaz, Jota

Liverpool subs

Adrian, Pitaluga, Gomez, Nunez, Salah, Jones, Elliot, Tsimikas, Matip, Clark, Scanlow, McConnell, Koumas, Quansah, Frauendorf
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Klopp demands better

Former Dortmund and Mainz boss Klopp - who has been in charge of the Reds since 2015 - is eager to lift his side this term following the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League places last season. "I want to put things right and that gives me an extra edge," the 56-year-old said. "The fever, the power, the excitement is bigger when last year was not great."

"Incredible potential"

Alexander Zorniger has been happy with his team's progress in pre-season thus far, the Fürth boss noting, "The [friendly] games and also one or two training sessions have shown that we have an incredible amount of potential in attack. We now have to convert this potential into quality," the tactician said.
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Reds' German opponents

This will be Liverpool's second pre-season game against German opposition. Klopp's men overcame a spirited Karlsruhe side by 4-2 at the BBBank Wildpark last week. Along with Fürth, the English side will also face Bayern Munich and Darmstadt as part of their 2023/24 preparations.

Fürth's big test

The Bavarians are facing into a big week as they get set to kick-off their Bundesliga 2 challenge against Paderborn at the Sportpark Ronhof next Sunday. A huge test against English Premier League side Liverpool will provide Alexander Zorniger's men with plenty of intense practice as they look to start their league campaign with a bang.

Welcome along

Hello and a very big Bundesliga welcome to our coverage of the pre-season friendly between Greuther Fürth and Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool.