Liverpool stars watch New Zealand perform Haka at Melwood ahead of Anfield Test

Liverpool players were treated to a performance of the Haka by New Zealand rugby league stars on Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s Anfield Test against England.

Michael Maguire’s men are on Merseyside bidding to square the series at one game each after England ran out narrow 18-16 winners in the opener in Hull on Saturday.

Oliver Gildart’s second-half stunner was enough to give the hosts the first game and the two sides will go at it against at Liverpool’s home on Sunday.

And New Zealand paid a trip to Melwood to train, and meet the Liverpool players before the second Test.

They performed the Haka in the Melwood canteen in front of the players, as shared on the club’s Twitter feed, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno among those with a front-row view.

The trio applauded the New Zealanders at the end of the Haka, a traditional pre-match routine deserved to lay down the challenge to their opponents.

Jurgen Klopp also compared notes with Kiwis boss Maguire, who previously coached in England with Wigan, and swapped shirts.

Liverpool are preparing to face Arsenal on Saturday evening as they bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

The Reds have picked up wins over Huddersfield , Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff following the international break after a run of four games without a victory in all competitions beforehand.

Arsenal are also in good form having won 11 games in a row in all competitions up until their 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The Gunners take on Blackpool in the Carabao Cup at the Emirates on Wednesday evening but are likely to make several changes ahead of hosting Liverpool.

New Zealand are in England for three Tests with the two sides concluding the series at Leeds United’s Elland Road a week on Sunday.

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