Liverpool FC managed to grind out a 2-2 draw with Manchester City in a close match in New York City, at Yankee Stadium. If you count the penalty shoot out (random) then it was a victory. City seemed to dominate the match in the first half, and eventually they scored first. Liverpool equalized with a Jordan Henderson strike. City scored again, on a Steven Gerrard blunder, but at the very end of the game Raheem Sterling slotted it into the back corner thanks to a nice bit of passing.
It was an okay game. Both teams had their chances, and even though it is only the preseason, you could tell that this one meant a little more – especially after the result of the Premier League last season. Even though City looked like a superior team at times, instead it was the work ethic and determination of Liverpool that won them the match. They stayed composed even after going down twice, which is arguably the more important trait to have versus the swagger of City.
As for standout players, I really have to say I enjoy watching Emre Can play. He was subbed on in the ’65 minute and made an immediate impact. I think he is a fantastic player with a great work ethic, and I think he should definitely get a lot of time during this Premier League campaign. Coutinho looked great as well. He was definitely the best dribbler on the field for the entire game, and City struggled to defend him. Although my only issue with him is that he lacked a finishing touch. It seemed as if every shot he took was wide, and every through ball was cleaned up by City. That was his issue last year, especially hitting the target. I think if he can improve that by the seasons beginning, he can be the X factor that our team needs.
Raheem Sterling is another player who made an immediate impact when subbed on. His second half was fantasic, and he is truly emerging as a star for this team. After his breakout year last season, I think it’s safe to say we’ll see the same thing again this year.