Liverpool lost 5-4 on penalties in the final of the Audi Cup against Atletico Madrid .
Liverpool 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Allianz Arena, Munich; Audi Cup, Day 2
Firmino 83′ (penalty)
It was a much-changed side with this game taking place 24 hours after the Reds’ strongest XI saw off Bayern Munich 3-0.
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It was certainly a slower tempo, with Atletico a very different proposition to Bayern for Liverpool.
The first 20 minutes saw very little action, with Liverpool playing the ball around but Atletico keeping a disciplined shape as you’d expect.
Liverpool fell behind in the 35th minute when Keidi Bare headed in from close range after Ward had made a superb save to tip the ball onto the bar, only to be unlucky with the rebound.
Gomez moved to right-back, Kent played on the right of the front three, and Firmino on the left of the attack.
Despite the influx of new faces, the legs remained heavy with this being the second game in two days and training taking place on each morning. The hot, muggy conditions at the Allianz Arena didn’t help the tempo either.
Opportunities were few and far between, in a very lethargic pre-season game. Grujic fired over from the edge of the box after a nice flick from Firmino with 15 minutes remaining.
Liverpool levelled things up from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining. Firmino cooly dispatched the spot kick, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way after Origi had been fouled.
The equaliser finally pushed Atletico into attack, and Ward made a smart save from a corner late on.
The match ended 1-1 and went to penalties, with Atletico winning 5-4; Henderson being the only player to miss a spot-kick.
FIRMINO – Scored
Griezmann – Scored
HENDERSON – Saved
Torres – Scored
ORIGI – Scored
Gabi – Scored
KENT – Scored
Nico – Scored
GRUJIC – Scored
Filipe Luis – Scored
Liverpool: Ward; Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Milner; Can, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Mane, Woodburn, Solanke
Second half XI: Ward, Gomez (Alexander-Arnold 74′), Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum (Ejaria 64′), Grujic, Kent, Solanke (Origi 64′), Firmino.
Subs not used: Karius, Mignolet.
Atletico Madrid: Atletico Madrid: Moyá, Vrsaljko, Giménez, Lucas, Sergi, Kranevitter, Augusto, Thomas, Keidi, Correa, Vietto
Substitutes: Werner, Savic, Juanfran, Filipe, Gabi, Gaitán, Torres, Griezmann, Olabe, Amath
Next match: Athletic Bilbao (Dublin) – Friendly – August 5