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Liverpool run riot against flat Utd
Liverpool run riot against flat Utd

Liverpool run riot against flat Utd

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 4-1 in the International Champions Cup on Saturday as Xherdan Shaqiri capped his debut with a memorable goal.

This was a pre-season friendly in name only as over 100,000 fans in Michigan were treated to an intense clash played at a competitive pace for the majority.

Sadio Mane got things rolling with a first-half penalty (28) after Mohamed Salah had been fouled but United youngster Andreas Pereira (31) levelled with a wonderful free-kick - one of just three shots on goal mustered up by Jose Mourinho's team.

Shaqiri was introduced at the break for his first appearance since joining from Stoke City and set up Daniel Sturridge (66) to give Liverpool a deserved lead. Sheyi Ojo scored from the spot (74) before Shaqiri wrapped up the scoring with a spectacular overhead kick.

James Milner set the tone for a feisty first-half by crunching into Alexis Sanchez inside 90 seconds. Both teams seemed to be treating the game like a Premier League encounter and Salah almost flicked home an opener before Virgil van Dijk had a header cleared off the line by Ander Herrera.

Liverpool would get the lead they deserved when United full-back Demetri Mitchell tripped Salah inside the box and Mane stroked home the penalty.

Sanchez was becoming frustrated up front for United but his side were level three minutes later courtesy of a moment of brilliance from Pereira, who spent last season on loan at Valencia.