Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Man City 1 - 2 Liverpool - Match Report & Highlights

Man City 1 - 2 Liverpool - Match Report & Highlights

The much-maligned Hart, who has been shipped out to Serie A side Torino and West Ham in successive seasons since manager Pep Guardiola's appointment at the Etihad, showed cool composure to show his back to Liverpool's Number 11 and back heel hit through Salah's legs to return to his young defender. English people love that type of football - those type of games.

Their lead did not last long, however, as Salah buried a header six minutes later - with his second touch of the game after coming off the bench.

The Egypt global, who was Liverpool's top scorer last season with 44 goals in 52 appearances across all competitions, suffered a shoulder injury in the club's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in May.

Meanwhile, despite playing with mainly reserves in the first stanza, Mahrez displayed his creativity and pace on several occasions for Man City.

Klopp also reiterated that he could not guarantee a trophy for Liverpool in the upcoming campaign.

Just what Liverpool fans wanted to hear.

Nathaniel Phillips impressed onlooking supporters against Manchester City
Nathaniel Phillips impressed onlooking supporters against Manchester City

According to the 37-year-old, Tottenham and Liverpool will finish third and fourth place respectively. "We have just four or five days to prepare for the first final so we have to adapt".

Spurs played their first public pre-season game on Wednesday night when they thrashed Roma 4-1 in America.

Looking at their fixture list for next season, Klopp's men can certainly make that a reality.

City sent a record 16 players to the World Cup in Russian Federation and 14 of those will not set foot on a training pitch until the first team resumes their preseason at the Etihad Campus on Monday - the week of their Wembley curtain-raiser with Maurizio Sarri's side.

Silva is now at home in Gran Canaria following his participation in the World Cup with Spain earlier this summer and will soon reunite with his City teammates. Put simply, this team can not afford any more lousy off-days against opponents they should clearly beat, as that is not the standard of champions.

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