Jordon Ibe scored a superb equalizer as Liverpool’s pre-season tour ended in frustration after they were held to a dull 1-1 draw by a Malaysia XI on Friday. Ibe cut into the penalty area and lashed home a ferocious drive in the 28th minute to cancel out Patrick Wleh’s powerful run and sharp finish for the hosts.
Ibe, who impressed at the end of last season after returning from a loan spell at Derby County, was a constant threat down the right flank and produced a brilliant finish to find the top corner with his left foot.
Some of Liverpool’s defending was nervy, however, and Wleh’s opening goal came about through a mix-up between Lovren and fellow centre back Martin Skrtel.
Brendan Rodgers’s side will return home to continue their preparations for the Premier League campaign which begins with a trip on August 9 to Stoke City where they were thrashed 6-1 in the final game of last season.
They have two friendlies against HJK Helsinki and Swindon Town in which Liverpool fans are likely to get their first glimpses of new signings Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, who did not go on the tour with the rest of the squad.