Tony Mowbray says Rovers got what they wanted out of Thursday night's clash against Liverpool at Ewood Park.
Jurgen Klopp selected a strong squad for our first home pre-season clash of 2018-19, with a host of notable names and two new signings in Naby Keita and Fabinho getting a run out in East Lancashire.
But the boss reflected on a decent evening's work for his players despite the defeat to the Merseyside giants.
“We can take a lot out of tonight’s run out. I think we worked hard and we got out of the game exactly what we wanted to get out of it," the boss told iFollow Rovers.
“The first half in particular we managed to ask some questions of them, but that became more difficult after all the changes in the second half. But it was good for the players to feel what it takes to play against Premier League footballers.
“We had better technical footballers in the first half and got through the press and threaten them at times. But world class Liverpool players were on the pitch in the second half and it was a tough second 45 minutes for us, but we gave them a decent game up until the first hour or so.
“That’s what our aspirations are, that’s what we want to achieve. They have to feel that quality. There is plenty to be happy with but you could feel there extra quality, but there was plenty of positives.
“You have to be out of possession in pre-season and that’s why we have mixed things up with opponents this pre-season, bringing Liverpool here and then Everton next week."
There's been a good blend of pre-season challenges for Rovers so far having played Scottish Premiership, League Two and now Premier League sides in their opening three pre-season games.
And with a trip to Lincoln City on the horizon at the weekend, Tony explains his decision to mix up the challenges ahead of the season opener at Ipswich Town on Saturday 4th August.
“You can play against League One and Two teams, but we were caught cold at the start of last season after playing League Two and non-league teams - no disrespect to the likes of Morecambe and York City.
“We have to play against some teams who are better than us to work hard, have good shape and be organised, and that was the case tonight."
Don't forget, Rovers are back in action in a week's time, with Everton making the trip to take on Tony Mowbray's men at Ewood Park, kick-off 7.45pm on Thursday 26th July. You can purchase your tickets for the game against Marco Silva's men by clicking here.