Honours even on the night: Liverpool's Stewart Downing in action with Valerenga's Benjamin Dahl Hagen.

John W. Henry challenged Kenny Dalglish to back the club's investment in the transfer market with qualification for the Champions League this season, as Liverpool's defensive woes continued in a 3-3 draw with Valarenga in Oslo, Norway.

The Liverpool owner watched from the stands as two summer signings, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, made their pre-season debuts.

Dalglish also gave run-outs to Pepe Reina, Andy Carroll and Glen Johnson but a slow start from the visitors saw Valarenga go 2-0 up inside twenty minutes.

Lars Iver Strand took advantage of a static Liverpool defence to give the hosts the lead, before Fegor Ogude's penalty doubled their advantage.

There was a hint of hand-ball as Andy Caroll pulled one back, then a Daniel Agger brace put Dalglish's side ahead. But Mohammed Fellah's stunning injury-time strike ensured Liverpool have conceded three goals in each of their five pre-season matches.

After the match, club owner John Henry admitted anything other than Champions League qualification would be a major disappointment next season.

"It's too early for us to start talking about winning the league," he said.

"In my opinion Manchester United are the ones to beat. They have a good squad, and look really good.

"Our main goal is to qualify for the Champions League. If we don't it would be a major disappointment."