Liverpool’s pre-season has not gone swimmingly. They might have wished Emmanuel Eboue had signed earlier with the Turkish club for any relief because they were not getting any in this match.
The squad had none of the stars in Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Raul Meirelles, Pepe Reina, Lucas Leiva, Martin Skrtel, or even new signings Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. It was a former Liverpool hero, Milan Baros who got things rolling for Galatasaray on the very grounds six years ago where the Reds came back from the ashes to record a historic triumph.
For Galatasaray and other clubs in the Super Lig these might be the only matches for a while because their season has been delayed as authorities carry out a match fixing investigation.