Xherdan Shaqiri’s stunning overhead kick was the highlight as Liverpool claimed a comprehensive 4-1 win over Manchester United in front of over 100,000 fans at The Big House in Michigan.
Jose Mourinho was missing a number of key figures, with Jurgen Klopp able to pick players like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah from the start. There were also club debuts for Brazilian midfielder Fred and new Liverpool summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri.
Mane gave the Anfield side the lead from the spot after a foul by Demetri Mitchell, with Andreas Pereira equalising not long after through an astonishing freekick from 20 yards out. However, it was Liverpool who took a grip of things in the second half.
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With Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge introduced off the bench, the Reds scored three unanswered goals after the break. First, Sturridge found the bottom corner of the net with his first touch before Sheyi Ojo converted another penalty and Shaqiri found the back of the net with an acrobatic overhead kick.
TALKING POINT - This was a display of strength from Liverpool’s fringe figures
With Mane and Salah going off at half time, it would have been understandable to expect Liverpool’s performance would drop in the second half. Instead, the likes of Shaqiri and Sturridge pushed on even further as Liverpool scored three unanswered goals. This was a show of strength from Klopp as he demonstrated his side’s new depth.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool)
He was only on the pitch for 45 minutes, but Shaqiri made this game his own with a very impressive debut performance for Liverpool. His overhead kick was the highlight of the match, but the Swiss also created a goal for Sturridge and was key in wrestling control of the contest away from Man Utd in the second half. On this basis, he will be a key figure for the Reds this season.
Manchester United: Grant 7, Fosu-Mensah 5, Bailly 5, Tuanzebe 5, Darmian 5, McTominay 5, Herrera 5, Pereira 7, Mitchell 4, Mata 6, Sanchez 6. Subs - Pereira 6, Williams 5, Fred 5, Gomes 4, Chong 4, Bohui 5.
Liverpool - Grabara 6, Camacho 5, Klavan 6, Van Dijk 6, Moreno 6, Fabinho 6, Lallana 6, Milner 7, Salah 7, Mane 7, Solanke 5. Subs - Phillips 5, Ojo 6, Kelleher 5, Chirivella 4, Woodburn 4, Jones 5, Sturridge 7, Shaqiri 8, Robertson 6, Gomez 5.
12’ OFF THE LINE! And now Liverpool come within inches of scoring another. Van Dijk met Milner's cross, but Herrera did well to clear off the line with Grant caught underneath the ball.
22’ MATA GOAL CHALKED OFF! The Spaniard has the ball in the back of the net, getting on the end of Sanchez's pass from deep to finish past Grabara. But the flag was up for offside.
28’ PENALTY KICK TO LIVERPOOL! Salah is fouled inside the penalty area by Mitchell.
28’ GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool: Mane steps up to the 12-yard mark and sends his low shot into the left hand side of the net. Grant dived the right way, but the effort was far too accurate from the Liverpool winger.
31’ GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: What an incredible strike that was! Pereira took the freekick about 20 yards out from goal and whipped a wonderful effort into the top corner of the Liverpool net. Grabara didn't even move as it flashed past him!
65’ GOAL! Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool: That might have been his first touch after coming on! Shaqiri fought off Bailly to play the ball back to Sturridge, who found the bottom corner of the net with a low shot through the legs of the defender.
73’ PENALTY KICK TO LIVERPOOL! It's another spot kick for the Red as Herrera fouls Robertson in the box.
74’ GOAL! Manchester United 1-3 Liverpool: Good penalty kick from Ojo. Sturridge wanted to take it, but the youngster claimed the ball and found the bottom corner of the net with a very cool conversion. Pereira couldn't read it at all. He stood still.
83’ GOAL! Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool: What a goal! Incredible stuff from Shaqiri. The Swiss shaped for the overhead kick 12 yards out and found the back of the United net in spectacular style. Wow! What a way to mark you debut for your new club.
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