Aug 08, 2016

    Liverpool put the bite on Suarez and Co


    NEW signing Sadio Mane scored one goal and made another as Liverpool slickly defeated Barcelona 4-0 in a one-sided friendly at Wembley on Saturday.

    A £34 million (S$60 million) capture from Southampton, he struck a 15th-minute opener and supplied a cross from which former Liverpool player Javier Mascherano scored an own goal.

    Divock Origi added a third seconds later and substitute Marko Grujic chipped in with a stoppage-time header as Juergen Klopp's side got their sixth win in eight pre-season games.

    Said Klopp, who lost James Milner to a first-half heel injury: "I don't want to over-estimate this game but it's still good for us.

    "We didn't think that we were lower than Barcelona before the game and we don't think that we're higher than them after the game."

    Barcelona's defeat meant that Paris Saint-Germain won the International Champions Cup friendly tournament for the second year running.

    Barca coach Luis Enrique was missing Neymar, who is on duty with hosts Brazil at the Olympics, but fielded former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, who hit the post in the first half.

    "From the beginning, we saw two teams with completely different rhythms," said Enrique, whose side face Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

    "It was definitely not our best day. But there's enough days for us to prepare and there's no doubt we'll be competitive."

    The glamour game drew 89,845 spectators to Wembley - the stadium's second-highest attendance - and it was Liverpool's fans, comfortably in the majority, who went home with smiles on their faces.

    With seven friendly matches behind them to Barcelona's two, Liverpool were the sharper team.