MX23RW : Tuesday, October 23 01:44:42
Jul 26, 2018 at 1.05am UK at ​Anfield
Attendance: 52,635
Liverpool
2-1
Man CityManchester City
Salah (63'), Mane (95' pen.)
van Dijk (30')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Sane (57')
Gomes (85')

Result: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane net as Liverpool beat Manchester City

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane get on the scoresheet as Liverpool come from behind to register a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the International Champions Cup.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have both marked their first outings in pre-season with a goal as Liverpool came from behind to beat Manchester City by a 2-1 scoreline in the International Champions Cup.

Leroy Sane had given City the lead in Wednesday's clash in New Jersey, but a header from Salah and a last-gasp penalty from Mane - both of whom were introduced after the break - earned Liverpool a deserved victory in the United States.

The opening stages of the game at the Met Life Stadium passed by without incident, but City squandered the chance to go ahead on 13 minutes when Lukas Nmecha was played through on goal, only for the youngster to be denied by Loris Karius.

Liverpool responded with a tame effort from youngster Curtis Jones, but it was City who looked the more likely to take the lead as their youngsters relished the chance to compete on a big stage.

Jack Harrison should have perhaps done better with a volley from the edge of the box when Karius had only half-dealt with a high ball, but Liverpool's superior experience and fitness started to take effect towards the end of the first half.

Adam Lallana poked an effort marginally wide of the post from 16 yards, while Jones continued to impress and saw Claudio Bravo react well to keep out his low drive from 20 yards.

James Milber and Oleksandr Zinchenko in action during the pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Manchester City on July 25, 2018© Reuters

Jones could have put Liverpool ahead with just three minutes left until half time but, despite getting across his marker to meet Nathaniel Clyne's cross, his header was powered over the crossbar from 10 yards.

Jurgen Klopp introduced Mane at half time and it almost resulted in a goal for the substitute, who saw a shot cleared off the line after bundling the ball past Joe Hart.

City responded through Sane, who was denied by a brilliant save by Liverpool's substitute stopper Caoimhin Kelleher, but it did not take long for the German to get himself on the scoresheet.

Sane played a give and go with Bernardo Silva before latching onto a through-ball and, after beating Virgil van Dijk for pace, he drilled his shot into the far bottom corner from eight yards.

Klopp acted by introducing Salah for his first appearance since the World Cup and with his second touch, last season's top goalscorer powered a header past Hart from eight yards after meeting a cross from Rafael Camacho.

Salah could have bagged himself a quick-fire double moments later, only for Cameron Humphreys to get a vital touch at the back post, and the Egypt international then struck the bar from 12 yards after beating the offside trap.

City were still having their moments at the other end of the pitch, but the closing stages soon became about whether Liverpool could force a winner, and they should have done through Mane who could only volley wide from close range after being found at the back post.

The match appeared destined for a penalty shootout but in the third minute of added-on time, Dominic Solanke was barged in the back in the penalty area and it gave Mane the chance to win the game with a well-struck spot kick into the bottom left corner.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius (Kelleher 46'); Clyne (Grujic 62'), Gomez (Klavan 46'), Van Dijk (Phillips 66'), Robertson (Morneo 63'); Fabinho (Camacho 63'), Milner (Chirivella 66'), Wijnaldum (Woodburn 46'); Jones (Salah 62'), Lallana (Mane 46'), Sturridge (Solanke 46')

MANCHESTER CITY (3-5-1-1): Bravo (Hart 46'); Garcia, Humphreys, Denayer (Gomes 46'); Bolton (Garre 75'), Zinchenko (Adarabioyo 67'), Harrison (Roberts 67'), Diaz (B.Silva 46'), Foden; Mahrez (Dele-Bashiru 74'); Nmecha (Sane 46')

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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