Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as expressed his disappointment at being beaten 3-1 in the final of the International Champions Cup by rivals Manchester Utd.
The reds were 1-0 up from a Steven Gerrard penalty after a comfortable first half display only to fall behind to two goals in two minutes from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata mid way through the second. Liverpool looked dangerous throughout the match with Brazilian playmaker Coutinho pulling the strings. Raheem Sterling’s movement and runs in behind must have had new Utd boss, Louis Van Gaal, worried about his system of using a back three.
“I thought he was outstanding and was a real threat. Raheem is tactically aware for such a young player and is so exciting to watch. When he runs at defenders he creates many opportunities,” said Rodgers after the match.
“At 19 years of age he is a real talent and is getting better all the time.”
A couple of times they were caught flat with the young England international cutting in from out wide on to some clever through balls. But Liverpool failed to get back on level terms before Jesse Lingard finished them off with a great strike late on.
“We were well worth the lead,” added the Liverpool gaffer.
“It looked like we should have had another penalty [when Ander Herrera fouled Raheem Sterling].”
“We conceded a disappointing goal and then conceded a second. But I am delighted with the whole tournament. We have been away what seems like a long time but we have worked hard and we have taken a lot of positives from this tour.”
One disappointing thing for me was the lack of an obvious striker. Daniel Sturridge was back in the UK receiving treatment and Rickie Lambert just didn’t look up to the task of leading the line. It may mean that the Liverpool spending spree will have to continue if we are to be serious contenders for the title next year.
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