Liverpool will face Atletico Madrid in the final of the Audi Cup after defeating Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena.
Liverpool 3-0 Bayern Munich
Audi Cup, Allianz Arena
August 1, 2017
Goals: Mane 7″, Salah 34″, Sturridge 84″
Following Saturday’s victory against Hertha Berlin, Jurgen Klopp vowed to field his strongest available team in the Audi Cup and that’s exactly what he did as Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino all started.
Liverpool started off strongly as Firmino set up Mane within seven minutes to put the visitors in the lead.
It didn’t take too much longer for Salah to score Liverpool’s second as Mane and Moreno combined on the left to set-up a straight forward tap-in for the Egyptian.
However, a flag was raised and Liverpool had to settle for a 2-0 victory as they saw out a very impressive performance.
Daniel Sturridge was keen to make his mark on the game and he did so within minutes as he added Liverpool’s third goal.
It was a disappointing end for Liverpool though as the striker immediately pulled up with an injury after scoring and was forced to leave the field.
Fans couldn’t wait to see Coutinho, Mane, Salah and Firmino start together for the first time…
Coutinho,Salah, Mane and Firmino pic.twitter.com/6tfGeDhHwn
— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) August 1, 2017
“Mane, Salah,Coutinho & Firmino are all firing. Feeling sorry for Bayern!” – Lango Ngcongo on Facebook.
— Ash Chohan (@Ash784C) August 1, 2017
And when Firmino and Mane combined for the first goal, fans were delighted…
Bobby with the press, Mane with the goal. Beautiful stuff.
— Tom Holmes (@TomHolmes19) August 1, 2017
Welcome back, Sadio ?
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) August 1, 2017
“Man, these guys look terrifying.” – Alexandru Ciobanu on Facebook.
Every single time we get the ball back we look capable of springing a counter & scoring. What a fantastic front 3 we have, then there's Phil
— Anfield Agenda (@AnfieldAgenda) August 1, 2017
“That goal is why Firmino is so well suited to lead the attack for us. Wins the ball back and takes the right option straight away. Nice finish from Mane too!” – Ed209 on the forums.
Things got even better when Mane, Moreno and Salah combined for Liverpool’s second goal…
Fantastic Salah-Mane-Firmino-Coutinho on the build up. Liked @lfc18alberto going forward and well sit at the back.
— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) August 1, 2017
Salah Mane and Firmino look frightening up top ??
Great to watch ??? #LFC
— Jamie Leach (@jamieleach9) August 1, 2017
Salah & Mané either side of Firmino in a False9 role is opening Bayern up repeatedly on the break. #LFC
— Blow (@AlexBlow15) August 1, 2017
— Neil Wheeler (@neilwheeler88) August 1, 2017
There was plenty of praise for Alberto Moreno…
— Daniel? (@DanielMaranon) August 1, 2017
— Aditya Somaya (@AdityaSomaya) August 1, 2017
“Moreno is looking decent this pre-season. Maybe a little too late though.” – Solo Pigeon Pack on the forums.
Who's this new signing called Moreno we've got?#LFC
— Matthew Sssn (@matthew_sssn) August 1, 2017
Sturridge’s introduction got fans discussing his part this season…
Sturridge looks well up for this campaign #LFC
— Adam Johnston ?? (@AdamJohnston10) August 1, 2017
— Breads_OTC (@sphanombika) August 1, 2017
If Mané, Firmino, Coutinho & Salah click consistently, it's hard to see where Lallana, Sturridge and Solanke get games…? #LFC
— RedMan (@LFC_Red_) August 1, 2017
Ryan Kent’s quick feet almost set up Liverpool’s third goal but it was ruled out…
“Wonderful play from the two youngsters, Kent and Grujic.” – Awny on the forums.
Don't care if it stands or not, it's pre season. Still incredible from Ryan Kent there #LFC
— J. (@KloppRevxlution) August 1, 2017
Shame that goal was disallowed. Think it was due to Bayern having 10 men on the pitch as Rafinha was sent for a hot dog by Kent. #LFC
— Ryan Evans (@ryan_evans92) August 1, 2017
But Sturridge’s injury was a disappointing moment…
Absolutely gutting for Sturridge. Hopefully it's nothing too serious #LFC
— Joel (@JoelGibbs_) August 1, 2017
“Fair play to Sturridge. He pulled something and still finished.” – Pete Matthews on Facebook.
Daniel Sturridge is made of crisps #lfc
— Kev Dixon (@KevDixon) August 1, 2017
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