Last season, the highlight of Liverpool’s pre-season was a 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona at Wembley. This year, they thrashed Bayern Munich by three goals to nil at the Allianz Arena.
The Reds started impressively, with Sadio Mane racing through to open the score just minutes into the game. That was soon followed up by Mohamed Salah, who pounced with a header at the far post to make it a two goal lead for Jurgen Klopp.
Marko Grujic almost added a third in the second half after good work by Ryan Kent, but it was bizarrely ruled out for offside as Adam Lallana was adjudge to be blocking goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. Daniel Sturridge did make it three with a smart run and exquisite chip, though he did injure himself in the process.
Here is what The Boot Room learnt from the game…
Daniel Sturridge is still made of glass
Introduced as a second half substitute, Daniel Sturridge has been praised of late. Set for a first injury free pre-season in years, the England man has been as fit as Jurgen Klopp has seen him. That made it all the more devastating that as he ran through to chip the ball into the net for a third goal that he pulled up with a muscle problem.
There is no indication yet of how serious the issue is for the former Chelsea man, but any knock is a concern. His substitution may have been a precaution but it was a tragic blow for the striker after scoring an excellent goal.
Liverpool are in great shape
The Reds were in incredible form and showed their fitness levels to be above and beyond their German counterparts. Their high pressing and energy was too much for Bayern and they couldn’t handle it, often being forced to scythe down Liverpool’s attacking players as they burst forward.
Perhaps the most pleasing of all was the performance of Sadio Mane. In only his second appearance of pre-season, the winger was on fire, racing through to give his side an early lead. He may have been taken off at half time but it was as good a 45 minute display as Mane could have hoped for.
Carlo Ancelotti has reason to be concerned
Bayern Munich were not only sloppy defensively, but looked thoroughly out of sorts. Having won their home competition four times out of five before now, being beaten in such humiliating fashion is a real embarrassment as far as a pre-season tournament can be.
The Germans looked unfit and had little desire, being easily overwhelmed by Jurgen Klopp’s pressing game. If they are to become contenders in Europe again, having failed to impose themselves at the elite level since Jupp Heyncke’s departure, they will need to up their game once the competitive action begins.