Youngsters “showed some nerve with the penalties” – Fans react to Liverpool’s shootout defeat to Atletico Madrid

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Liverpool were denied their second trophy of the pre-season campaign as Atletico Madrid won on penalties in the Audi Cup final.

Liverpool 1-1 (4-5 on penalties) Atletico Madrid

Audi Cup Final, Allianz Arena
August 2, 2017

Goals: Bare 33′; Firmino 83′.

Jurgen Klopp named a much-changed side as Liverpool were forced to play two matches in as many days. Phil Coutinho, Mo Salah, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno were all left out of the squad.

Sadio Mane, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and James Milner all started and there were also places in the team for youngsters Ben Woodburn, Dominic Solanke and Joe Gomez.

Daniel Sturridge, who picked up an injury after scoring Liverpool’s third goal in the semi-final, was also left out of the squad.

Goalkeeper Danny Ward also earned a start despite not featuring in any of Liverpool’s pre-season matches so far this summer.

It wasn’t the most exciting first half and despite a few Liverpool chances, it was Atletico who broke the deadlock after 33 minutes.

Klopp made several changes in the second-half but it took until the 83rd minute for Roberto Firmino to make his mark with Liverpool’s equaliser after converting a penalty won by Divock Origi.

It meant the game went to penalties but Henderson’s missed spot-kick meant Atletico were crowned champions of the Audi Cup.

 

There was plenty of intrigue surrounding the starting line-up…

“Robertson should have started. Kent also in place of Woodburn” – L Muon Gante on Facebook.

https://twitter.com/TheKopMagazine/status/892797047262326784

“Good line-up. I fancy Solanke to bag a couple. Come on lads!” – Pete Matthews on the forums.

 

Fans liked Wijnaldum’s skill on the left wing…

https://twitter.com/BallerGini/status/892819329741447169

 

Solanke was continuing to impress…

“Solanke, Woodburn and Kent in two years time together will be something else.” – Adam Taylor on the forums.

 

But fans weren’t happy with the defence, in particular, Milner, following Atletico’s goal…

https://twitter.com/TomHolmes19/status/892824055111397376

“Milner has to be finished as a left-back.” – Pat Doran on Facebook.

 

Fernando Torres’ introduction got fans excited again…

https://twitter.com/groovehamster/status/892838416630632448

 

But fans were disappointed when Atletico won on penalties…

“Losing on pens is no big deal. Game before was hard to watch. Still don’t see us able to break a bus but overall a good tournament with some positives.” – PJ Pop on the forums.

Let us know your thoughts on the game in the comments section.

 

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