Came in the game in 62nd minute and scored in the 63rd, that’s what Muhammad Salah can do and that’s what he did in the Champion’s Cup match against Manchester City. With Muhammad Salah’s magic and Sadio Mane’s late penalty Liverpool were able to defeat the previous year’s Premier League winners and start their pre-season in some style. Although Manchester City fielded not the best of their squads but none the less this was a complete performance from Liverpool and a performance that solidify their position as title contenders in the upcoming season of Premier League.
Role of Karius
As the new season is about to begin but most of the Liverpool fans would still not have forgotten the Champions League Final’s nightmare and who else would be more worried about that but the man himself Loris Karius. Karius started the match for Liverpool and without taking much time Manchester City started putting the Liverpool goal keeper under pressure. Though a good save in the opening minutes and some lucky escapes afterwards would be regarded as a good start for Karius but his role in the side might now be questioned with the purchase of the Brazilian goal-keeper Alisson.
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Sane’s pace provides opener
Leroy Sane surged in the Liverpool’s half in the 57th minute and a cool left foot finish meant that City took the lead in the game. The way he turned and defeated the defenders and goal keeper was tremendous. It wasn’t an easy finish but he made it look so easy. He scored 14 goals and 19 assists last year and would be a key player for Manchester City if they are to defend their title this year.
With Manchester City getting the lead and his team not able to convert chances and with the intention of leaving an impression in the pre-season matches, Jurgen Klopp had to introduce his two main players on the field and in his men answered his call by changing the match completely.
Salah and Mane started brilliantly and with them coming on the field there was a new wave of energy and intent, and suddenly chances started creeping. There was a brilliant long ball to Salah which he gleefully put in the nets with a header. That goal might be regarded as controversial one as Salah was offside but somehow referee thought not to give it off side. Mane scored a penalty in the closing minutes of the game to win the match for Liverpool.
Glorius stadium, poor pitch
The pitch on which the match was played was quite rough and literally a poor one for a football match. The stadium hosted a Taylor Swift concert at the weekend so it was not well prepared for the match. Jurgen Klopp after the match summed it up saying;
‘The stadium is great. The dressing room is as big as Anfield. The crowd is sensational. The pitch is not perfect.’
It was a great practice game for both of the teams and Manchester City won’t be too unhappy of how it went, after all they had fielded a very young team. Youngsters, how talented they might be but lack experience and in front of Sadio Mane and Salah the experienced one’s struggle, so what chance a youngster has?
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