Jurgen Klopp’s side storm to emphatic victory against Spanish champions in front of a crowd of nearly 90,000 at Wembley in the International Champions Cup. Three days after cruising to a 4-2 victory against Premier League champions Leicester City in Stockholm, Barcelona found Liverpool a much more formidable opponent in London, with Jurgen Klopp’s team claiming an emphatic 4-0 victory against a Barcelona team including the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Jürgen Klopp trotted out a 4-3-3 and Liverpool attacked early and often to start the match. The team was shorn of Daniel Sturridge after the striker suffered a muscle injury in training, and Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Philipe Coutinho were started in the front three. Georginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can, and Adam Lallana rounded out the midfield. James Milner started in place of Alberto Moreno in the back four, which was otherwise as expected.
Having taken the lead through Sadio Mane on 15 minutes, when the £30m summer signing from Southampton scored his first goal for his new club after being released by Adam Lallana, Liverpool were forced to withstand Barcelona pressure for the remainder of the first-half. Messi struck the post on 23 minutes after being freed by Suarez before goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved well from Arda Turan prior to the Turkey midfielder shooting wide from the rebound from close range. Philippe Coutinho should have doubled Liverpool’s lead on 32 minutes when he dispossessed full-back Aleix Vidal and raced into the penalty area before shooting over Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s crossbar.
Mane, whose pace troubled Barcelona throughout, created the second goal when his cross from the right was bundled into the net by former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano. And less than sixty seconds later, substitute Divock Origi made it 3-0 after being released by youngster Kevin Stewart, who had won the ball by dispossessing Sergio Busquets in midfield. Liverpool showed strength attacking down the right for the rest of the match, and Barcelona did little to trouble the Liverpool defense. Liverpool deserved their win, and it was sealed in stoppage time as Lazar Markovic’s chipped pass was headed beautifully over Claudio Bravo by Grujic.
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