The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidd9logan) takes a look back at Liverpool’s preseason friendly against Manchester City.
After a 10 hour delay in their departure at Charlotte-Douglas Airport, the Reds arrive to an absolutely atrocious pitch in Metlife Stadium. Three performances by the one and only Taylor Swift at the weekend, caused such horrible pitch conditions. Yes, Taylor Swift was the one to blame for the pitch conditions. The pitch even underwent inspections prior to the match to determine if it was playable.
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The beginning of the first half was absolutely dreadful. Both teams were testing the ability of the pitch for the first 20 minutes. Manchester City had the best of chances through the first quarter of the first half with a nice save from Karius after saving a Mahrez free kick.
The last 25 minutes of the half was controlled by the Reds. Curtis Jones had a couple of glorious chances, but could not convert. Adam Lallana had a poke of the ball towards goal, but it floated just wide. The dreadful half finally ended all level at 0-0.
The start of the second half was a lot better for the Reds. The substitution of Sadio Mané brought back the high pressure and intensity to the side. His influence slowly dawned upon the rest of the Reds on the pitch and they slowly started to take over the game.Embed from Getty Images After a disallowed goal by Dominic Solanke on a corner, Leroy Sane scores on a quick counter attack against the run of play. The great burst of speed around of van Dijk opened him up for a one-on-one with the 19-year-old Irish goalkeeper, Caoimhin Kelleher, in which Sane finished brilliantly.
The Egyptian King, Mo Salah, made his first appearance in the preseason and on his second touch, he headed past Joe Hart for the equaliser. He may have been offside, but it does not matter the main man is back and better than ever.
Salah and Solanke had a few glorious chances they both failed to convert. Salah hit the crossbar after some high pressure from the midfield and Solanke simply cannot finish any chance that is presented to him.
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The last 20 minutes of the second half was heavily dominated by Liverpool. Chances came from forced turnovers in the midfield, but nobody was able to capitalise. Mané had a glorious chance after a brilliant flick from Dominic Solanke, but he was unable to capitalise after running out of room.
Well into the second minute of stoppage time, Solanke was absolutely ran through by the City defender and Liverpool was actually awarded a penalty. Yes, you read that right. Liverpool was awarded a penalty kick. Sadio sends Joe Hart the wrong way and Jurgen Klopp hands Pep Guardiola yet another loss.
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Liverpool are back in action on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan against Manchester United at “The Big House”. Kickoff is scheduled for 22:00 GMT and can be seen live on LFCTV or LFCTV GO.