They’ll be looking for bigger and better things when the campaign kicks-off next month, but it’s always nice to get the feel good feeling back around the squad during pre-season and Liverpool have done just that with a narrow — if not wholly deserved — victory over Leicester City to lift the Premier League Asia Trophy.
It’s a real pre-season, really hard games in the most difficult circumstances against very, very good opponents,” stressed Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, beaming with pride after his side lifted the trophy. “Winning both games is a big thing – we don’t have to make it smaller than it is. We saw that not everything was working as we wanted it but a lot of things are already there,” added the German manager. “People who were here for the week know how hard it was here for a football team.”
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Foxes attacker Islam Slimani headed home from close range to give Craig Shakespeare’s side an early lead, but they couldn’t hold the lead for long with Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah combining as the Egyptian nodded in one of his own. After that, it was peak Brazilian as the Little Magician cut in from the left to whip a trademark curler past Leicester ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel. Just after the break Loris Karius was on hand to shut down a one-on-one situation with Jamie Vardy and a time ticked away the Englishman was at it again only to be shut down by Ragnar Klavan as Jurgen Klopp’s boys cruised on to victory.
“Our fans are worldwide and we feel under pressure to deliver week in, week out and bring a trophy back to Anfield,” said Reds midfielder Adam Lallana, hoping to use this as a springboard for further success. “The quality of the Premier League is very, very high and to win the Premier League is an unbelievable achievement,” added the There are six or seven teams that can realistically win it, so we know it will be difficult but we believe in ourselves.”