Three things learnt from Liverpool's thrashing of Manchester United: Mourinho humiliated
101,254 fans turned out to the Michigan Stadium to watch Liverpool face Manchester United in a pre-season derby which ended with the Merseyside club victorious as they looked unstoppable against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
The Red Devils were rarely in the contest, despite Andreas Pereira’s fine free-kick cancelling out Sadio Mane’s penalty, particularly in the second half as Jurgen Klopp’s team strutted their stuff.
Here are three things that can be learnt from the clash…
Jose Mourinho was right to get his excuses in early, but should still be humiliated
Before he even stepped foot in the stadium, Jose Mourinho was making excuses for defeat. Sure enough, they proved to be accurate and well-founded, with his side suffering an embarrassing defeat which would have done little to help ease fan’s concerns after a woeful pre-season and transfer window.
“It’s Liverpool first team versus Manchester United kids. For the last two years they have not been able to beat us, today they will think they have a chance. I think it can be a friendly, especially for us. I think for them maybe not because for the past two years they couldn’t beat us, and I think they have a big chance today to do it.”
Yet, the starting line-ups of the two sides disagreed. Liverpool’s line-up actually had a younger side on the field, with an average age of 25 compared to United’s 26. Not only was Mourinho humiliated on the field, but his mind games just made him look a fool.
Daniel Sturridge is the back-up striker Liverpool need
Right from the off, the striker made a substantial impact as he came on as a second half substitute. Having looked like he would be sold this summer, Sturridge has enjoyed a fine pre-season and as soon as he got onto the field he bagged a goal with a pinpoint finish to give his team the lead.
Minutes later he fired another attempt inches wide from the edge of the penalty area, showing that he had regained the confidence that was so clearly lacking from his game not so long ago as he flopped as West Bromwich Albion were relegated after signing him on loan.
Xherdan Shaqiri could give Jurgen Klopp a selection headache
Few men score overhead kicks against Manchester United in their first appearance in a Liverpool shirt, yet Xherdan Shaqiri did after having previously set up Daniel Sturridge to score Liverpool’s second goal and give the Reds the lead.
The Swiss international was superb throughout and his pace and power caused United problems as they couldn’t work out how to handle him. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah may have the three attacking positions nailed down, but Shaqiri could give Klopp something to think about.
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