Shaqiri shines in debut as Liverpool rout United

Dean Simpson
July 30, 2018

Mane had scored a stoppage-time penalty to give Liverpool victory in New Jersey, and he was at it again in MI after a frantic opening 27 minutes.

Andreas Pereira provided a highlight for Manchester United when he scored on a well-placed free kick in the first half.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, as well as the England quartet of Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, are still absent. I gave a list to my club of five names a few months ago and I wait to see if it's possible to have one of these players.

"The atmosphere was good but if I was them I wouldn't have come", said Mourinho. Antonio Valencia comes from holiday - I think too much holiday for him. On the contrary, Liverpool ran wave after wave of attacks at United's defence and even if first of the two penalties was a bit dodgy, there can be no complaints about Sturridge's goal, the second penalty and Shaqiri's wonder-goal which is, well, a true contender for goal of the pre-season.

Sadio Mane hit the victor from the penalty spot as Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 last time out and the Senegal star was on target from 12 yards again to open the scoring after Mohamed Salah was fouled.

"He went to Philadelphia for a top specialist and he didn't leave the clinic". Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri, a recent signing from Stoke, marked his debut with a brilliant bicycle kick that capped the scoring.

Mourinho was also critical of the referee Ismail Elfath after their pre-season friendly defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side in MI, saying he had come to officiate the wrong sport.

They arrived here and it was soccer and they had to be in a soccer game.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the field at the Big House caused some issues, but he was impressed with the crowd.

"I don't know how long he will be out for". I don't see the need [to sign a defender].

Responding to a question about Chilean global Alexis Sanchez's performance against Liverpool, Mourinho suggested the pre-season tour had been of little value, adding that the team were just trying to "survive".

Serbia global Matic has played no part in United's worldwide Champions Cup campaign in the United States since returning from World Cup duty, and Mourinho has now revealed he has undergone surgery.

"The majority of the clubs, we cannot give the people the real quality football, which is I think what can attract even more passion in this country", Mourinho said.

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