Liverpool won the Premier League Asia Trophy after defeating Leicester City 2-1 at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City
Premier League Asia Trophy, Hong Kong Stadium
July 22, 2017
Goals: Salah 20′, Coutinho 44′; Slimani 12′
The game started with intensity and Liverpool were on top for the first 10 minutes but it was Leicester who broke the deadlock when Islam Slimani’s header shot past Loris Karius.
Mohamed Salah equalised shortly afterwards with a steered header from Philippe Coutinho‘s cross, and the Brazilian then gave Liverpool the lead with a stunning strike shortly before half-time.
Jurgen Klopp sent on Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson for the second half and the two England internationals were later joined by young quartet Ben Woodburn, Ryan Kent, Dominic Solanke and Joe Gomez.
Leicester had a few bright spells after the break, but for the most part Liverpool dominated and they saw out the victory with ease.
The starting lineup was a strong one again…
Really good to see a pre season match so early in the schedule with all the big guns fit and playing #lfc
— Digga Goodman (@Digga_G) July 22, 2017
Salah firmino coutinho and all we need is mane back and that would be even more scary #LFC
— Jonathan Fowler (@JonathanFowle10) July 22, 2017
Looking forward to this game, attack attack attack #LFC
— Scott Allen ?????? (@ScottAllen96) July 22, 2017
But Slimani’s goal and poor defending prompted plenty of criticism…
Trent Alexander shouldn't of turned his back on the ball #basics
— Mike Hassey (@MikeHassey_LFC) July 22, 2017
“Do we have a defence?”
– Sugar Ray on the forums.
How has Karius not done better there either
— Jonathan (@JCLFC_) July 22, 2017
Mahrez just running past #LFC players as if they are cones. So easy. Lovren fouls him.
— AnfieldIndex (@AnfieldIndex) July 22, 2017
Everyone enjoyed Salah’s goal though…
Salah and Coutinho together is a madness. Give Coutinho runners and he finds them.
— Brad (@_bradlfc) July 22, 2017
“If Coutinho keeps making passes like that, Barca will definitely want him!”
– Kevan Fredrak Allisen on Facebook.
Lovely one-two between Salah and Coutinho and the former nods in just before the keeper gets there. What a lovely goal! Love this man
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) July 22, 2017
“Lovely! This is what I want to see! Salah gonna score goals.”
– Abyss on the forums.
But Coutinho’s was even better…
Coutinho now staking a claim to be the second-best ever Phil, behind Mitchell of course.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) July 22, 2017
“Barca after seeing that Coutinho first half performance…they’ll come with £200m! It seems like Coutinho is understanding Salah better too which is positive for our attack.”
– Scelo Sthole on Facebook.
You can't put a price on Philippe Coutinho. Absolutely instrumental in the deeper midfield role, able to pull the strings and find runners.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) July 22, 2017
Oh, Phil. Stop that.
— Olli Emmerson (@Oliver_Emmerson) July 22, 2017
There was praise for Karius after Alexander-Arnold’s mistake put Vardy through on goal…
Great positioning and eventual save by Karius to deny Vardy early on in the second half.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) July 22, 2017
“Big balls Loris!”
– David Finch on the forums.
Karius does well there coming off his line
— Spion Kop (@TheKopHQ) July 22, 2017
Loris Karius have been brilliant so far… #LFC
— YNWATV™ (@YNWATV) July 22, 2017
Fans were excited to see the youngsters play…
He's still raw but I really like the look of Grujic.
Always calm on the ball. Times runs into the box well & puts his foot in too! #LFC
— LFC Daytrippers Podcast (@LFCDaytrippers) July 22, 2017
“Best of a bad defence, Alexander-Arnold. Keep developing.”
– NorseDweller on the forums.
I like Joe Gomez, I hope he is given a shot, and if not I hope he gets a decent loan move where he gets regular game time
— LFC Street (@_Est_1980_) July 22, 2017
And Kent didn’t disappoint as he produced some superb skill on the right wing…
What a run by Kent, wow
— Aaron Cawley (@AaronCawley81) July 22, 2017
Ryan Kent, get him in that first team!!
— Liam John Derrick ?? (@LiammJohn) July 22, 2017
Ryan Kent what a baller ? #LFC
— Ryan Plant (@planty95) July 22, 2017
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