Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool: Match Report
Liverpool once again emerged victorious in their International Champions Cup clash against the Red Devils. Jurgen Klopp’s men made a strong start against their arch-rivals, showing more intensity and urgency. The Reds won the game with a 4-1 scoreline.
Though some would say the game is just a friendly, in reality, it was way more than that. Tensions rose in the first 10 minutes as Liverpool rued a number of missed chances in front of goal.
Jurgen Klopp fielded a strong line-up consisting the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Van Dijk, Lallana, Fabinho and Milner. The Reds, who sported their new grey third kit, were venomous on the attack and posed a huge threat on the counter.
The Reds’ defence was solid as well, with Van Dijk making a goalline clearance to keep Manchester United at bay. Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 28th minute via a penalty after Manchester United youngster Demetri Mitchell brought down Mohamed Salah in the box.
Manchester United were quick to find a reply through Andreas Pereira, who curled a sublime free-kick into the top corner. Regardless of that brief comeback, Liverpool then dominated the rest of the game, keeping possession and shredding the Manchester United defence to pieces.
Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool the lead again in the 66th minute after coming on as a substitute in the second half. Jurgen Klopp also handed a debut to new signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who claimed the assist for Sturridge’s goal.
Sheyi Ojo went on to add a third in the 74th minute and debutant Shaqiri shut down the game with a goal in his first appearance for the club, and what a goal it was. Woodburn clipped a cross into the box and the Swiss international executed a stunning bicycle kick.
There were a number of positive for Jurgen Klopp to take back from the game. Fabinho proved his worth once again bringing a sense of stability and cohesion in the middle of the park. Youngster Camacho displayed tons of potential in his game.
Some Liverpool fans on Twitter were overjoyed with the win, and here’s how they reacted.
Klopp prior to this game: “Jose can say what he wants. I am not too much interested in Man United. We have to deliver football that our people like.”
— Dharma Bhagalia🇭🇷 (@Kloppholic) July 28, 2018
That’s exactly why Shaqiri will be great, we have someone who has the potential of producing match-winning, world-class moments off the bench.
— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) July 28, 2018
The Xherdan Shaqiri Stand
— Grace Robertson (@GraceOnFootball) July 28, 2018
Shaqiri > Salah.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) July 28, 2018
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) July 28, 2018
Shaqiri looked really good. I honestly think he’ll cause serious damage this year. Perfect debut.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) July 28, 2018
What’s pleasing about that victory is how crisp our passing is. Could have been a bit sharper in the final third, especially in the first half but just an overall pleasing result. #LFC
— LFCZA 🇿🇦 (@LFCZA) July 28, 2018