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Jul 14, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Gigg Lane

Result: Liverpool fire blank at Gigg Lane in Bury stalemate

Liverpool draw 0-0 with League Two side Bury at Gigg Lane to bring an end to their winning start to pre-season.

Liverpool's winning start to pre-season has been halted by Bury as they played out an uneventful goalless draw at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds had knocked in 10 goals in seeing off Chester FC and Tranmere Rovers in their first two summer friendlies, while the hosts had shipped the same number of goals without a response against Rangers and Huddersfield Town.

There was little between the teams on this occasion, though, with Liverpool too often failing when it came to the final ball and Bury rather comfortably holding their Premier League opponents to a draw.

Curtis Jones and Callum Styles in action during the pre-season friendly between Bury and Liverpool on July 14, 2018© Reuters

The first of Liverpool's rare first-half openings fell the way of Divock Origi, who could not find a way past opposition goalkeeper Josh Murphy when played through on goal.

Moments later, Joel Matip - featuring for the first time this summer, along with defensive teammate Virgil van Dijk - headed wide from a corner.

Some good defending then prevented Bury from falling behind, as Adam Thompson blocked Sheyi Ojo's goalbound shot in front of goal, before the same player had a curler kept off the line by Eoghan O'Connell.

The Shakers' only opportunity in the opening 45 minutes was wasted by new recruit Gold Omotayo following a poor backpass from Alberto Moreno, with a bad first touch denying the Bury striker a chance to tap the ball into the net with Loris Karius stranded.

Liverpool, as they have done in their previous two summer friendlies, changed their entire outfield lineup for the second half.

Among those to come on was Naby Keita, who had a shot from seven yards blocked on the line by Callum McFadzean, before Ben Woodburn and Adam Lallana were denied by Murphy in quick succession.

Jurgen Klopp watches on during the pre-season friendly between Bury and Liverpool on July 14, 2018© Reuters

Bury ensured that Liverpool would not have things all their own way, though, and they nearly snatched a goal when Ryan Cooney's shot from a tight angle clipped the outside of the upright.

Ryan Lowe made a raft of changes for the final quarter of the contest as the Shakers, relegated from League One last season with just eight wins to their name, attempted to see things through.

The hosts almost went one better than that by edging in front, only for Jordan Archer's header to be ruled out for offside at the end of a fine Nicky Adams delivery.

Rafael Camacho sent one shot wide and was then kept out by substitute goalkeeper Matthew Hudson late on, bringing an end to Liverpool's perfect start to pre-season.

BURY (4-2-3-1): Murphy (Hudson 75'); McFadzean (Moore 67'), Cooney, Thompson, O'Connell (Shotton 72'); Mayor (Whelan 67'), Dagnall (Archer 62'); Aimson, Danns (Adams 66'), Styles (Dawson 46'); Omotayo (Bunn 62')

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius (Grabara 62'); Clyne (Camacho 46'), Van Dijk (Klavan 46'), Matip (Gomez 46'), Moreno (Robertson 46'); Milner (Lallana 46'), Fabinho (Keita 46'), Jones (Chirivella 46'); Ojo (Woodburn 46'), Origi (Phillips 46'), Sturridge (Solanke 46')

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