By James Pearson. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
French international striker Djibril Cisse made a low-key debut for Liverpool as The Reds were held to a 1-1 friendly draw against Wrexham.
The Welsh outfit stunned their illustrious opponents when Trinidad and Tobago international Hector Sam fired them ahead after 14 minutes.
However, French youngster Anthony Le Tallec hit back for Rafa Benitez's men, but that was the end of the scoring in the contest at The Racecourse Ground.
Benitez opted to omit most of his Euro 2004 stars, with the likes of Michael Owen left out, while new-boy Cisse was the undoubted star of the show.
Cisse showed a number of neat touches, with clever ball-juggling skills along with a clever overhead kick as well as a superb curling shot on goal.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 6-0 victory over Kungshams IF with on-loan striker Carlton Cole getting off the mark.
The Chelsea man made his mark in the contest by scoring in the game, however his debut also saw a missed penalty for the marksman.
Peter Whittingham opened the scoring 12 minutes in from Cole's pass, with Gavin McCann doubling their advantage from Gareth Barry's cross.
Cole made it three when he headed home from Thomas Hitzlsperger's corner before Lee Hendrie made it four just minutes later.
David O'Leary's side should of made it five ahead of the break, but Cole missed from 12-yards after Barry was brought down in the penalty area.
Villa took their foot off the pedal in the second half, however further goals from Hendrie and Hitzlsperger ensured the visitors went home happy.
Mark Viduka was on target on his Middlesbrough debut, however the North East outfit were held to a 2-2 draw at Rotherham.
Viduka and fellow new signing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink started up front, but failed to make too many inroads into The Millers' defence.
Rotherham broke the deadlock just before the break when John Mullin finished Michael Proctor's good work by tapping in from close range.
Boro were level seconds after the break when Gaizka Mendieta slotted home with the big Aussie netting from the penalty spot shortly after.
Rotherham earned a share of the spoils when Chris Sedgwick's effort took a nasty deflection and looped by Mark Schwarzer.
Meanwhile, a second Middlesbrough side triumphed 6-1 over York City thanks in part to a hat-trick from Szilard Nemeth and a brace from Massimo Maccarone.
Manchester City were held to a goalless draw away to Bury with the likes of Danny Mills and Geert De Vlieger both making their debuts for the team.
Former England international Kevin Phillips was on target as Southampton overcame GAIS 1-0 on their tour of Sweden.
Chesham earned a share of the spoils against a Spurs XI with a 1-1 draw while West Brom's reserve side beat Halesowen 2-0.