Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena to advance to the Audi Cup final where they’ll face Atletico Madrid.
Last season, Liverpool were unbeaten against the top six sides in the Premier League with Jürgen Klopp’s pedal-to-the-metal brand of football perfect for playing against the better teams in the division.
With Bayern Munich hosting Liverpool at the Allianz Arena in the 2017 Audi Cup, it was curious to see if this would extend to Europe’s elite.
It does. Sadio Mané’s seventh-minute goal shocked the Allianz Arena as it was clear that Bayern’s fans were expecting more from the home side.
Roberto Firmino, in his typical fashion, robbed Corentin Tolisso of the ball near the halfway line and ran with it for 25 yards before feeding Mané who finished past Sven Ulreich with aplomb.
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When the team was announced earlier today, Liverpool supporters were aghast at seeing Alberto Moreno’s name on the team sheet but the Spaniard defied the odds and played a blinder.
Although his defensive positioning is still nothing short of dubious, his efforts in the final third cannot be questioned.
He came close with a superb free kick after 25 minutes had been played but Ulreich saved well. His finest moment in the first half came inside the box where he set up the Reds’ second goal.
Overlapping a stationary Sadio Mané, the Spaniard was picked out with a flicked pass from the Senegal attacker and fired a low ball across the box which deflected off Ulreich and Mohamed Salah then headed home to double Liverpool’s lead.
The second half was a peculiar affair, to say the least, although Liverpool did score a third goal. As can be expected, with Jürgen Klopp making loads of subs after half time, the tempo dropped slightly but the Reds still maintained their quality enough to keep Bayern out and keep a clean sheet.
Liverpool’s third of the night came from Daniel Sturridge as the Englishman raced through to collect a superb ball from Ben Woodburn. A cheeky but undeniably brilliant finish from Sturridge meant that the Reds played out the final 10 minutes of the game with a 3 goal lead.
Unfortunately, Sturridge seemed to tweak his thigh in the process of scoring Liverpool’s third goal and was soon subbed off.
Liverpool will tomorrow face Atletico Madrid in the final of the Audi Cup and there is a reunion on the cards for Fernando Torres although the Spaniard will have very few familiar faces to greet as all those who played at Anfield during his time are now gone.