Liverpool took on Bayern Munich in the semi final of the Audi Cup, in the backyard of the German champions. It was a night to remember, as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners in what turned out to be a rather simple evening.
Bayern lined up with a full strength team, only missing a few first team players. They were without Manuel Neuer between the sticks, but started the majority of their big hitters. The goalscoring machine known as Lewandowski started up front, Muller supported. Thiago in midfield, and Hummels defended from the back. Liverpool however were in no mood to respect the oppositions stature. Sadio Mane made it 1-0 in the 7th minute after Firmino pressed from the front and won the ball back. A smart finish with his left foot sent the ball flying past the keeper.
Mohamed Salah continued his fine form in preseason by making it 2-0 before half time. Some trickery from Mane sent Alberto Moreno through down the left. The Spaniard fired the ball across the goal which the keeper could only pary onto the head of Salah who nodded in to score his fourth goal for Liverpool in just his fifth game.
Daniel Sturridge came on midway through the second half and found himself through on goal from a pass from Ben Woodburn. Daniel raced forward and dinked a delightful chip over the goalkeeper to make it 3-0. He seemed to injury himself in the process, wincing as he struck the ball. We can only pray that doesn’t mean another spell on the treatment table.
Liverpool dominated the game from start to finish, and limited Bayern to long range shots. The players that impressed the most have to be the forward players. Bobby Firmino was his usual pest up front, pressing the defenders and creating counter attacks time after time. Salah and Mane on the wings looks like a frightening combination for every defender they come up against. Their pace and directness seems to be too much for even the best teams to deal with. An exciting prospect for the new Premier League season.
It must be said that the full backs in the first half were incredible. Trent Alexander Arnold was immense at right back, up against one of the best left wingers in world football in Frank Ribery. The frenchman didn’t get a sniff of the Liverpool goal and the young full back sent him flying with a few tasty tackles. Trent looks to be a real player and without doubt has a huge role to play in the new season. Clyne looks to be a doubt for the opener against Watford so Arnold could see himself in the starting line up again.
Alberto Moreno looks set to leave Liverpool this summer after bids from Spain, but it must be pointed out that he had a great game at left back. Surging down the left side, taking on German players and setting up goals. It was a huge improvement to what we have seen from the little Spaniard last season. His days may still be numbered, but if he does end up staying, hopefully we will continue to see improvements.
So far, Liverpool have impressed in preseason, blowing away teams for fun. Hopefully this will continue into our league form when the season kicks off. Exciting times to be a Red!
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